Prison league table
Last week (30 July 2020), the MoJ published its annual prison performance ratings for the year 2019/20. The Department claims that the figures show an improving prison system with more prisons rated as exceptions and fewer rated as “serious concern”.
You can see the headline findings in the graphic below.
A range of performance
Open prisons and female prisons were strong performers
Over two-thirds of male open prisons were rated as exceptional with the remainder rated acceptable. Both Female Open prisons were rated as having exceptional performance and all other female prisons were rated as having either exceptional or acceptable performance.
Male locals were poor performers
Six of the seven prisons rated as serious concern were male locals, 18.8% of all male local prisons. Over half of male local prisons were rated as concern or serious concern. The remaining serious concern establishment was a male closed young offender institute.
Security and living conditions rated higher than employment, accommodation and self-harm
Prisons performed well on security measures with 85.7% of prisons rated as having acceptable or exceptional performance for Security Audits. Audit of Living Conditions and Incident Reporting System (IRS) Data Quality Audit also performed well. Employment at six weeks following release, accommodation on the first night of release and self-harm incidents were the poorest performing.
Employment at six weeks following release was the poorest performing measure with only 4.0% of prisons meeting target. Accommodation on the first night of release also performed poorly, with 17.3% of prisons meeting target.
The table below shows the performance of every establishment using the official 4-band rating system in which:
Rating 4 = Performance is exceptional
Rating 3 = Performance is acceptable
Rating 2 = Performance is of concern
Rating 1 = Performance is of serious concern