‘We’ll make Doncaster a jail to be proud of’

HMP Doncaster Prison.
HMP Doncaster Prison.

Bosses at Doncaster Prison say they will make the jail a facility to be proud of, after it was slated in an inspection.

An unannounced inspection of the jail, at Marshgate, has described it as a prison ‘in decline’.

Wyn Jones, director of custodial operations at the prison’s operator. Serco, said: “Serco has a strong track record of prison management in the UK and abroad and we are proud of what has been achieved at HMP & YOI Doncaster over the past 20 years. However the prison has recently faced a number of significant challenges and has sometimes struggled to cope with some of these.

“We fully accept the recommendations that are made in this in this HMCIP report and we have already launched a major improvement programme. We are absolutely determined that Doncaster will once more become a prison of which everyone can be proud.”

Inspectors found first night arrangements poor, with limited supervision and cells in a poor condition. Drug services were ‘very concerning’ and the arrangements to supervise alcohol detoxification were unsafe. Levels of violence were high, with up to four times more incidents than typically seen in similar establishments, and support for victims was minimal with intervention to reduce violence ‘weak’.