Fire safety in prisons labelled a catastrophe waiting to happen

Fire safety in prisons has been labelled “a catastrophe waiting to happen” after it was revealed every prison inspection in England and Wales in 2016 resulted in a non-compliance order.

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, Mark Leech, the editor of the Prisons Handbook, carried out Freedom of Information (FOI) requests asking for the fire safety inspection reports of prisons last year.

Mr Leech did stress though that he does not think the fire safety failings in prisons are a deliberate way of failing to respect the human rights of prisoners. He sees the issue as “not enough staff to make sure health and safety is a priority”.

A Prison Services spokesperson told the Independent: “We take fire safety extremely seriously. All nineteen prisons have undertaken immediate action to address the recommendations made by the inspection group.

“Every single prison across the estate has a mandatory annual fire risk assessment, carried out by a fire safety specialist, and individual fire strategies in place which are closely monitored.”

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