Prisons inspector takes emergency action over HMP Exeter

Justice secretary required to report on improvements in 28 days after soaring violence and self-harm uncovered

The chief inspector of prisons has taken emergency action to improve conditions at an “unequivocally poor” jail with soaring levels of violence and self-harm.

Peter Clarke has put the justice secretary, David Gauke, on notice that he must explain how conditions at HMP Exeter will be improved using an “urgent notification” protocol for only the second time since the power became available.

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