HMP Lowdham Grange described by IMB as being ‘extremely well managed’ during covid

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) recently published its Annual Report on HMP Lowdham Grange on August 17, 2021.

The Board stated that ‘Following the announcement of the restrictions in prisons at the end of March 2020, the prison has been extremely well managed within the circumstances and constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic’.

When asked how fairly and humanely prisoners are being treated, the IMB reported that despite the prison population being made up of some very challenging prisoners, HMP Lowdham Grange’s regime is built on a positive ethos and referenced the positive findings from a recent HMIP scrutiny visit, which correlated with the Board’s observations. 

The IMB also made positive mentions of the prioritisation of prisoner education whilst in lockdown, a new system of storage and retrieval of prisoners’ property, the success of the newly installed bodyscanner in curbing the import of contraband and the training of an in-house team to deal with incidents at height.

Mark Hanson, Director of HMP Lowdham Grange said “These have been difficult times for everyone in the prison community, both staff and prisoners.  I am immensely proud of the way that the prison has responded to the challenges of the last 18 months and I am grateful to the IMB for their support and comments contained within this very positive report “

You can read the full report here: https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/imb-prod-storage-1ocod6bqky0vo/uploads/2021/08/Lowdham-Grange-IMB-AR-2020.21-for-UPLOAD-FINAL.pdf