One in 4 in­mates at city jail don’t get daily shower

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By ALICE CACHIA

NEARLY a quar­ter of in­mates at Not­ting­ham Prison aren’t al­lowed a daily shower.

Fig­ures from prison watch­dog the Howard League for Pe­nal Re­form paint a damn­ing pic­ture of prison con­di­tions.

The new re­port re­veals that just 76 per­cent of pris­on­ers in HMP Not­ting­ham, a cat­e­gory B prison, were al­lowed to shower ev­ery day in 2017-18.

Lowd­ham Grange prison had the high­est rat­ing of all prisons in Not­ting­hamshire. Nine­ty­nine per­cent of in­mates said they were al­lowed daily show­ers, though the prison was only most re­cently in­spected in 2015.

The Howard League an­a­lysed the re­sults from pris­oner sur­veys un­der­taken by Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Prisons dur­ing each prison’s most re­cent in­spec­tion.

Frances Crook, the league’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “The Gov­ern­ment has said that it wants prisons to be clean and de­cent but is ig­nor­ing the fact that thou­sands of chil­dren and adult men are smelly and dirty be­cause they can­not get a shower.

“It’s no good clean­ing up prisons if pris­on­ers are not able to keep clean. If we want peo­ple to be work ready, and ready to rein­te­grate to lead a good and use­ful life, peo­ple in prison must be at least able to have a shower ev­ery morn­ing, eat break­fast and face the day with pur­pose. “Squalor and idle­ness will not ready peo­ple to be law-abid­ing cit­i­zens on re­lease.

He added: “Bold ac­tion is needed to re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple be­hind bars and ease pres­sure on a prison sys­tem that is fail­ing ev­ery­one.” Bel­marsh prison, in south-east Lon­don, had the worst rat­ing of the 119 prisons sur­veyed, with just 17% of pris­on­ers claim­ing they were al­lowed to shower daily.

Just three prisons had a 100% suc­cess rat­ing: Askham Grange, in North York­shire; Stan­ford Hill, in Kent; and War­ren Hill in Suf­folk. A Prison Ser­vice spokesper­son said: “All pris­on­ers have ac­cess to wash­ing fa­cil­i­ties ev­ery day, and the statis­tics de­mon­strate that the vast ma­jor­ity of pris­on­ers have daily ac­cess to show­ers. “We are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing de­cency and liv­ing con­di­tions across the es­tate, and the 3,500 ad­di­tional prison of­fi­cers we have re­cently re­cruited will im­prove regimes, in­clud­ing ac­cess to show­ers.” HMP Not­ting­ham has come un­der heavy crit­i­cism this year, with the chief in­spec­tor of prisons con­demn­ing it as a place where sui­cide, drugs and vi­o­lence were rife.

It’s no good clean­ing up prisons if pris­on­ers are not able to keep clean

Howard League for Pe­nal Re­form

HMP Not­ting­ham, seen from Best­wood Es­tate

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