Full Sutton ‘safe’ despite pressures

Monitors said good order and discipline have been maintained at HMP Full Sutton thanks to good management.
Monitors said good order and discipline have been maintained at HMP Full Sutton thanks to good management.

HMP Full Sutton continues, overall, to provide a safe and secure environment for prisoners and staff, the latest report by the prison’s Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said.

The monitors said good order and discipline have been maintained through vigilance and good management and that Full Sutton suffered none of the disruption that occurred in other prisons during 2017.

The report said: “There is no room for complacency. While violence between prisoners reduced in 2017, there was a small increase in assaults against staff, and the numbers of prisoners who self-harmed also increased. However, in 2017 no prisoner in Full Sutton took his own life.”

The report recognised the hard work of staff and others in achieving this.

The IMB said the number of men in segregation remains high, and that more needs to be done by the prison service to speed up the time it takes to move men on to special units or secure hospitals more appropriate to their needs.

The mental health and primary healthcare care teams in the prison are stretched and recruitment is difficult.

Sally Hobbs, chair of the IMB, said: “HMP Full Sutton houses some of the country’s most serious offenders. Our overall assessment is that they are treated fairly by the regime there. We are aware that some prisoners recognise this too. The prison ensures the environment for all prisoners is as safe as possible but there is no room for complacency.”

The IMB for Full Sutton is looking to recruit new members. Details can be found at www.imb.org.uk.