13 Sep 2018

Inspectors warn of ‘complete breakdown in order and discipline’ in Bedford Prison

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

Inspectors have issued a warning today of a “complete breakdown in order and discipline” at Bedford prison.

They found very high levels of violence with inexperienced staff struggling to cope. The chief Inspector, Peter Clarke says the government needs to intervene to stop years of “continual and unchecked decline” at the jail.

I spoke to him earlier and asked how so many recommendations from previous inspections had been ignored.