Inspectors slam wing at Wakefield Prison

Wakefield prison interior
Wakefield prison interior

A PRISON wing at HMP Wakefield holding some of the country’s worst offenders should be closed down as soon as possible, inspectors have said.

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons found F-wing at the prison was “poor and fundamentally unsuitable for holding prisoners”.

Inspectors found cells in the wing to be cramped and “cage-like”.

The report said: “F-wing should be designated as unfit for purpose and taken out of use as soon as feasible.”

However, the prison as a whole was making slow but tangible progress, HM inspectors said.

Michael Spurr, chief executive officer of the National Offender Management Service, said: “Staff have an extremely challenging job managing the complex population at Wakefield so it is encouraging that the chief inspector recognises that real progress is being made.

“The governor and her staff deserve credit for their hard work in engaging prisoners in addressing their offending behaviour and maintaining strong public protection arrangements.”