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New government model of prison excellence

Government announcement

Minister announces '10 Prisons Project' to develop new model of excellence

On 17 August 2018, Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced a new project to tackle the most persistent and urgent problems facing 10 of the most challenging prisons.

A new approach to improve standards and security will be piloted in 10 of the most challenging prisons:

  • The focus will be on reducing violence through radically increasing security against drugs and challenging all abusive behaviour
  • There will be additional investment in leadership and dedicated resources to tackle drugs, security and building issues.

Prisons involved

The project will cover Hull, Humber, Leeds, Lindholme, Moorland, Wealstun, Nottingham, Ranby, Isis and Wormwood Scrubs.

What will the money be spent on 

Under the programme, governors at each prison will be provided with new scanners capable of detecting packages inside bodies, and sniffer dogs trained to detect new psychoactive substances. Further investment will go into repairing basic infrastructure such as broken windows.

Find out more

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