HMP Lowdham Grange praised by independent report
Date: 28 Jul 2011
Serco today welcomes an independent report which describes Nottinghamshire jail, HMP Lowdham Grange as "among the most impressive category B training prisons in the system".
The unannounced inspection, carried out in May 2011 by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, found that the prison has made commendable improvements despite a significant growth in population, including an increasingly young and longer-term population with a larger number of potentially challenging prisoners.
The prison remains an "impressively safe and decent establishment with plenty of activity and a sound focus on resettlement". The inspectors praised the arrangements for dealing with violence; the staff-prisoner relationships; and the care for those at risk of self-harm. They also highlighted that drugs were less of a problem than at similar jails.
Gareth Sands, Director at HMP Lowdham Grange said, "I am delighted that the report recognises the substantial improvements in delivery against each of the healthy prison measures at HMP Lowdham Grange against a backdrop of rising expectations and a huge change and turnover in the prison population as a result of the recent expansion. This is to the credit of Serco staff and I am incredibly proud of their hard work, professionalism and commitment to improving the prison. I also very much value the constructive input of the prisoners themselves.
We have taken on board the report's recommendations and are already working to address them. I look forward to building on our achievements through innovation and an efficient approach to prison management to further serve the national reducing reoffending agenda."
The report also identified a number of areas where improvements were needed. Healthcare required investment in line with the large growth in the population, and the prison has developed an action plan to tackle this. The Inspector also called for further development in the work with foreign national and disabled prisoners, plus more vocational training.
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