Ministers urged to tackle violence and squalid living conditions at HMP Bristol


THE prisons watchdog has ordered ministers to step in immediately to tackle a filthy and dangerous jail.

Peter Clarke used the Urgent Notification power for just the fifth time to demand an action plan for HMP Bristol.

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HMP Bristol was put under special measures two years ago[/caption]

He said it was blighted by high levels of violence and squalid living conditions, and conditions had not got better despite it being placed in “special measures” two years ago.

In a “disturbing” inspection, a disabled prisoner was discovered who was forced to spend all day in bed because his wheelchair did not fit through his cell door.

In a letter to Justice Secretary David Gauke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Mr Clark wrote: “The chronic and seemingly intractable failings at Bristol have now been evident for the best part of a decade.

“A fundamental responsibility of any prison is to keep prisoners safe. In this, HMP Bristol has sadly failed.”

Inspectors found two-third of inmates had felt safe while inside Category B Bristol, with serious violence on the rise and poor care for suicidal prisoners.

A hotline for those in crisis had not been checked for two weeks and had 21 voicemail messages on it.

Cells were overcrowded, “bleak and grubby”, and cockroaches were running everywhere.

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HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said the ‘fundamental responsibility of any prison is to keep prisoners safe’[/caption]

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