source: BBC News
published: 24 July 2014
A jail in Nottinghamshire where four inmates killed themselves in less than a year has been described as a “prison in crisis” in a damning report.
HMP Ranby was found to be “unsafe” with high levels of violence, the HM Inspectorate of Prisons report said. The situation at the jail near Worksop has “deteriorated significantly” since the last inspection in 2012, it said.
The jail’s governor has taken “decisive action” over the concerns, the National Offender Management Service said.
“This report is troubling and we identified many problems within the prison,” said HMIP, which made 106 recommendations. It said that nearly half of Ranby’s 1,088 inmates felt “unsafe” at some time.