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five years ago Benchmarking came in which said prisons could run with a lot less staff, VEDS was born and thousands of highly experienced prison officers were paid off handsomely to leave early.
This gave HMP the prisons with a lot less staff that they wanted and since then? Well since then we have RECORD NUMBERS of brand new prison officers with 0 experience whatever. Far better than the hugely experienced prison officers who were paid handsomely to leave.
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Bedford prison investigation in the news

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Bedford prison investigation in the news

Post by JamJam12 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:51 pm

JusT seen the news regarding the Bedford riot.
Stated the staff capacity was less than half of what it needed, cockroach infested cells and prisoners spending 23 hours a day Locked up without basic items.

Interested to see peoples views.. surely the recruitment drive will ease staffing issues.
How fairly has it been reported?
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Re: Bedford prison investigation in the news

Post by SWM5436 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:58 pm

As Bedford is part of the Thames valley group that has just been added to a priority recruitment drive I am guessing it is still undermanned along with the other prison in the cluster. Not sure on staff figures but most riots are being put down to these same contributing factors, no basic amenities, reduced regime and low staff levels.
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Re: Bedford prison investigation in the news

Post by Xombi » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:01 pm

Well the problem with under-staffed prisons, from I can imagine, is that if you have a problematic situation you'd have to secure the rest of the inmates while you focus staff to deal with it. This surely irritates other inmates and probably creates a repetitive pattern.

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