Inspection: HMP Lancaster Farms is safe prison but needs to improve

Lancaster Farms.'Inside the prison grounds.
Lancaster Farms.'Inside the prison grounds.

A recent inspection has revealed HMP Lancaster Farms is a safe and decent prison but needs to improve according to the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Nick Hardwick, chief inspector, has said Lancaster Farms needs to improve the work it does with prisoners to reduce the risk of reoffending.

The unannounced inspection also revealed support on arrival and through the early stages of prison life was good for inmates.

Most prisoners felt safe and despite challenges with new psychoactive substances (NPS) and some underdeveloped violence reduction processes, levels of violence were not excessive.

The report also showed the last self-inflicted death had been in 2014 and action to address the issues raised by this was well advanced.

Living conditions were generally good and the food provided was better than usual. However inspectors were concerned to find the needs of some disabled prisoners were not being met.

Public protection arrangements were also found to be seriously flawed.

Michael Spurr, chief executive of the National Offender Management Service, said: “We accept there is more work to do to develop the resettlement regime and provision of purposeful activity for the new adult population and will use the recommendations in this report to drive progress in these areas over the coming months.”