East Yorks prison merger ‘traumatic’

Published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 by The News Editor

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The merger of two prisons in East Yorkshire has been traumatic, according to inspectors.

HMP Humber, a large category C prison near Hull, was created when a secure corridor was built last year to connect Wolds and Everthorpe prisons.

But an unannounced inspection has revealed the merger took longer than expected, something which led to deterioration at both sites.

Cultural differences between the two establishments were also evident, while there were some divisions among staff.

Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, says the amalgamation has been traumatic and prolonged.

He claims the change was a significant factor in the poor outcomes observed during the inspection.

Despite the problems cited in the report, the majority of prisoners reported that staff treated them with respect and that they had someone to help them with a problem. Fewer prisoners also felt unsafe.

Mr Hardwick says the good relationships between staff and prisoners provide a solid foundation on which to build.

He believes managing the introduction of new providers in health, substance misuse and resettlement added considerably to an already complex picture, although some aspects of the merger could have been better.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 by The News Editor

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