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HMP Humber

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Report on an unannounced inspection of HMP Humber by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (27 November – 15 December 2023)

Humber healthy prison scores

Bar chart showing healthy prison outcomes at HMP Humber in 2023, compared with 2017. Safety had increased from not sufficiently good to reasonably good, respect and preparation for release had both remained reasonably good, and purposeful activity had remained not sufficiently good.

What we found

Designated as a resettlement prison since our last inspection, inspectors found Humber to be a well-led and settled establishment.

First night accommodation was clean, staff and peer workers welcomed new arrivals, violence was lower than at similar prisons and few men were self-isolating despite the size of the site. The limited regime, the use of illicit drugs, and the prisoner debt these drugs caused, posed the biggest threats to safety. Only 40% of prisoners engaged in purposeful activity and there was a shortfall in the number of training and industries places. Approximately 10% of prisoners were released to no fixed abode and some prisoners with long-term conditions did not always receive the care and treatment needed.

Points to note

The specialised HOPE (Humber Offering Progressive Environments) unit provided a positive environment for prisoners serving long, indeterminate or extended determinate sentences to support them to demonstrate a reduction in their risk. It incentivised positive behaviour through self-cook facilities and on-wing fitness suites.

Action plan