Conditions at G4S-run UK prison "very concerning" - report

Author: Reuters, Published on: 8 October 2013

The report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons said that prisoners at HMP Oakwood, which has been run by G4S since it opened in April 2012, were unable to access basic cleaning and toiletry items, and received very poor healthcare. It said many staff were "passive and compliant, almost to the point of collusion", and 14 percent of inmates reported that they developed a problem with illegal drugs inside the facility. The prison was insufficient or poor in all four areas of safety, respect, purposeful activity and resettlement, with many staff deemed to be inexperienced and even compliant...G4S...said that the prison had appointed a dedicated taskforce to address problem areas such as drugs. "As the experience of staff develops, the regime becomes fully embedded and our reporting systems continue to improve, the months ahead will see significant further improvements in performance,"...

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