Prisons inspector condemns 'appalling' suicide rate at Nottingham jail

Peter Clarke says failures at ‘dangerous, disrespectful, drug-ridden’ jail cannot be allowed to continue

The chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales has expressed fears that inmates at HMP Nottingham are killing themselves because they cannot face conditions in the “dangerous, disrespectful, drug-ridden jail”.

In what the prisons inspectorate (HMIP) calls one of its most disturbing reports in recent years, Peter Clarke reveals he invoked for the first time a new “urgent notification” process during the inspection of HMP Nottingham in January, which calls on the justice secretary to publish an emergency action plan.

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