Norwich Prison has made good progress and managed many of the challenges it faced under “strong and stable leadership”, according to a new report.
HMP Norwich, which holds a mixture of remanded and sentenced category B, C and D adult prisoners and young adults, has been described as a well led jail which has continued to make progress.
The report by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons, which follows an unannounced inspection in September last year, said progress had been maintained, and in some areas, built upon following the last inspection in 2013.
Inspectors found that despite facing similar challenges to other local prisons, including lower staffing levels, increases in violence, and the influence of new psychoactive substances, prisoners were more likely to say they felt safe at Norwich than at other similar prisons.
They found proactive action had been taken to increase safety and, while more needed to be done, the approach had resulted in a more stable prison.
There were however concerns that there had been four self-inflicted deaths at the Knox Road jail since the last inspection and although support for those at risk of self-harm was generally good, there were some weaknesses in case management.
Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: “Norwich had continued the forward momentum we noted at our previous inspection in 2013; a significant factor was strong and stable leadership by the governor and his team.”
Since the inspection was carried out former governor Will Styles has left the prison and has been replaced by Bev Bevan, a former governor at Warren Hill Prison in Suffolk.
Michael Spurr, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) added: “I’m pleased the Inspector has recognised the positive approach of staff at Norwich which – despite challenges – has created a stable and progressive regime.
“Improving the care for those with mental health problems is key and the prison is already working with healthcare to ensure all prisoners receive the best possible care and support.
“The leadership team will continue to implement the report recommendations to make further improvements at the prison.”
Source: Eastern Daily Press