Woodhill jail improves, but assaults on the up

Woodhill Prison
Woodhill Prison

Inspectors believe Woodhill jail is delivering an “outstanding” service – despite being “deeply concerned” over the increase in assaults and violence.

The prison has had its performance level upgraded after meeting the ‘majority’ of targets in its annual report.

Inspectors say that although the category A prison appears to be on an upward trend, they described it as “fragile”.

There have been four deaths in custody over the past 12 months, as well as an increase in the ‘use of force’ against prisoners.

There was also a rise in prisoner’s use of new psychoactive substances.

The report revealed, however that Woodhill, which has 819 prisoners, had delivered an improved service since last year.

It said: “Despite the challenges and changes the staff at Woodhill have delivered an improved service with dedicated, harworking and professional staff delivering an outstanding service.”

The Citizen revealed last October that violent attacks on city prison officers have almost trebled in four year as the number of Woodhill’s frontline officers were cut by 36 per cent since 2010.

In this month’s report, the governer is said to have made a “real impact” on reducing staff sickness levels, but the prison is continuing to lose experienced staff.