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HMIP publish their Annual Report for 2008/09

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) today published its annual report for 2008/09. HMIPs purpose is to ensure their is a rigorous and independent of inspection of those individuals who in prison, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities. In 2008-09, HMIP inspected a total of 93 custodial establishments, and made 4513 recommendations, of which, 96% were accepted, either wholly or partially, by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). Anne Owers, the Chief Inspector of Prisons said: "This year in prisons, 72% of our assessments were positive: an impressive record. But in spite of the progress made, prisons remain caught between the irresistible force of an increasing population and the immovable object of budget cuts. Population pressure affects the whole system – stretching resources, keeping in use buildings that ought to be condemned, doubling up prisoners in cramped cells. Prisons are larger and more complex. Resource pressures are at present being contained, but should not be underestimated. There are two risks: of increased instability in inherently fragile environments and of reducing prisons’ capacity to rehabilitate those they hold. I believe that independent inspection has had a demonstrable effect in improving places of detention and revealing shortcomings. It will be greatly needed in the months ahead. I am particularly glad that the merits of a separate and specialised custodial inspectorate are now widely recognised, and that I am able to hand this, and the expert and committed staff team, over to my successor." To read the HMIP report in full, please click on the PDF below.

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