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