Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has today (17 August 2018) announced a new project to tackle the most persistent and urgent problems facing 10 of the most challenging prisons.
The project will focus on challenging violent and disruptive behaviour and includes £10 million funding to fight drugs, improve security and, crucially, boost leadership capabilities through new training. Specifically, these 10 prisons have struggled with acute problems, including high drug use, violence and building issues.
While the governors and staff at the prisons - Hull, Humber, Leeds, Lindholme, Moorland, Wealstun, Nottingham, Ranby, Isis and Wormwood Scrubs - have dealt with these challenges, this project will provide them with the resources and support to make decisive, lasting progress.
The Prisons Minister pledged to resign if the campaign to tackle drugs and violence in struggling jails is a failure. He stated to BBC News: "I will quit if I haven't succeeded in 12 months in reducing the level of drugs and violence in those prisons".