Community is concerned by the news that an urgent notification has been issued to HMP Birmingham, a G4S operated prison, resulting in an intervention in the running of the prison by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).
This is the third urgent notification issued since the protocol was implemented in November 2017, having previously been issued to two public sector prisons, HMP Nottingham in January 2018 and HMP Exeter in May 2018.
Responding to the news, Community’s National Officer for the Justice and Custodial Sector, Adrian Axtell commented:
“The fact that an urgent notification has been issued to HMP Birmingham demonstrates that many of the issues that Community has been campaigning on in the justice and custodial sector affect both public and private sector prisons.”
“The standards we are seeing in prisons today are a result of chronic underfunding in the justice and custodial sector, which has led to an environment where it is not uncommon to find understaffed wings, significant levels of violence and low morale amongst staff and prisoners. The approach taken by this government has for too long been piecemeal and disjointed. Tackling the problems faced by prison officers in private and public sector prisons requires urgent action and increased funding across the board.”
“Community is committed to creating a safer justice sector for all prison officers. Through our ‘Safer Justice Sector’ campaign we are working to raise standards in prisons, establish a proper framework for effective training, curb the epidemic of violence and secure better pay and recognition for prison staff.”