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Private probation service improving

When the probation inspectors finished their first round of inspections of all the Community Rehabilitation Companies using their new rating system last September, the results made for some very dismal reading. The inspectors use a four tier rating system: “outstanding”, “good”, “requires improvement” and “inadequate”. Nineteen CRC’s were rated as… Work with Offenders celebrates a positive inspection of the Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company...

Why do we still subject our child prisoners to solitary confinement?

Many children separated from their peers in young offender institutions (YOIs) are effectively held in harmful solitary confinement, with little human contact and in conditions which risk damaging their mental health, according to a report published on 21 January 2020. Prison inspectors found fundamental flaws in the use of “separation” in the… Work with Offenders examines a new prison inspectors’ report on the use of “separation” in our young offender institutions ...

Liverpool Prison turnaround

The last official inspection of HMP Liverpool, published in January 2018, marked a low point in the prisons crisis. Living conditions were among the worst inspectors had ever seen; with hundreds of broken windows, filthy block lavatories, graffiti, damp, dirt, rodents and insects. Chief Inspector Peter Clarke was particularly appalled… Work with Offenders reviews the detail of a very welcome new prison inspection report which charts a dramatic improvement in conditions at HMP Liverpool....