Prison where Kirkby man killed himself is slammed in report

Shane Stroughton.
Shane Stroughton.

Nottingham Prison has been described as a “dangerous, disrespectful, drug-ridden jail” following a spate of deaths, including a man from Kirkby.

Inspectors visited the prison in December and January and, in their newly published report, said they found it was unsafe.

Shane Stroughton, aged 29, from Kirkby, who died in September, was among eight men to lose their lives through suicide since the last inspection, including four who died within a four-week period during autumn 2017.

A ninth man died only a few weeks after the inspection.

Two-thirds of inmates at the 1,060 capacity, category B men’s prison told inspectors they had felt unsafe at some point during their stay in Nottingham.

More than half reported bullying or victimisation.

There had been 344 incidents of self-injury in the six months leading to the inspection – one every 13 hours.

More than 100 assaults on staff had been recorded during the six months leading to the inspection.

Frances Crook, of the Howard League for Penal Reform prison reform organisation, said: “This devastating report is a direct challenge to everyone in the criminal justice system.”