POA chairman voices concern over Hull Prison

Published: Wednesday 30th December 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Prisoner Officers’ Association chairman Rob Nicholson fears for the future of Hull Prison and believes there are not enough prison officers to handle the everyday challenges of prison life.

Mr Nicholson believes a lack of prison officers is making it difficult for current HMP Hull staff to maintain order and revealed that some employees have likened sections of the category B prison to Beirut, the war-torn capital city of Lebanon.

He said: “My fear is we’ll have loss of control, we’ll have disorder, we’ll have assaults on staff increase even more, we’ll have more prisoners suffer self-harm, all because we’re not keeping an eye on the ball. Parliament can stop this, but unfortunately it’s all down to pounds and pence.

“There’s victims being targeted by phones from prisons. There’s gangland cultures going on in prisons. There’s drug deals going on from in prisons, all with the use of mobile phones. Perhaps if we had the staff to go around and detect mobile phones, we’d be able to do a better job than what we’re trying to do with the depleted levels that we’ve currently got.

“Some of my members regard some areas of the prison as Beirut. That’s a quote from them, not from me. Now, we’re having to deal with this term of Beirut on a daily basis. My fear is of what they class as being Beirut and yet we wonder why we can’t get prison officers coming into the job and staying in the job.”

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Published: Wednesday 30th December 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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