After an unannounced inspection in late May and early June 2013, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, reported on a mixed picture at Brook House. While he acknowledged there had been some improvement and that it remained a safe place, he said the overall assessment was finely balanced. They found particular problems with the provision of legal advice and the slow pace of immigration casework and high levels of self-harm caused by frustration. You can read the HMIP press release by clicking here, and the full report by clicking the link in the box to the right.
In their follow-up to the highly critical 2010 report of Brook House, HMIP found substantial improvements in several areas, including the general safety of the centre for both staff and detainees. However, there remained many areas of concern, and the report contains 146 recommendations, both new and repeated from the initial report. You can read the whole report by clicking on the link on the box to the right.
In one of the most critical reports they have ever written, HMIP highlighted a number of areas of concern, and labelled the centre as ‘fundamentally unsafe’. The Inspectorate were concerned that the centre, which appears to have been designed to hold people for a few days only, was not suitable to hold detainees for extended periods of months and even years. The HMIP press release can be seen here, while the full report can be viewed by clicking on the link on the box to the right.
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