HMP Garth - solid progress, but more to doThursday, 6 September 2012
Inspectors were pleased to find that:
- the prison remained fundamentally safe overall;
- investigations into serious self-harm incidents were good and few prisoners were subject to suicide and self-harm monitoring procedures;
- a range of suitable tactics were used to reduce the supply of drugs and illicit alcohol;
- personal officers and offender supervisors knew what was expected of them and there was some good personal officer work;
- positive efforts had been made to address the needs of older prisoners and those with disabilities;
- health care provision was generally good;
- prisoner participation in part-time education had increased; and
- public protection work remained good and there had been improvements to some of the resettlement pathways.
- D1 unit held some prisoners with mental health problems alongside those needing protection from debts or gang affiliation, but had moved away from its previous focus on rehabilitation and its current purpose was unclear;
- strip-searching automatically included squat-searches, the grounds for which were not always appropriate;
- planned use of force needed to be better monitored for quality and training purposes;
- although most workshops offered qualifications, learning progression was limited; and
- services in support of the children and families resettlement pathway needed to improve.
'Sufficient progress has been made in all healthy prison areas at Garth, with the exception of resettlement, which is let down by the lack of progress on any recommendations made under the children and families pathway. We are aware of plans to address some of the shortfalls but it is disappointing that the prison has not acted more proactively to improve these services.'
'This is an encouraging report on a prison which is doing some good work with a challenging population.
Notes to editors:
- View a copy of the report.
- HM Inspectorate of Prisons is an independent inspectorate, inspecting places of detention to report on conditions and treatment, and promote positive outcomes for those detained and the public.
- This unannounced short follow-up inspection was carried out from 3-5 April 2012.
- HMP Garth is a category B male training prison, holding long-term life-sentenced prisoners, prisoners on indeterminate sentences for public protection and determinate sentenced prisoners serving four years or over.
- Please contact Jane Parsons in HMI Prisons Press Office on 0207 035 2123 or 07880 787452 if you would like more information or to request an interview with Nick Hardwick.