A TROUBLED top security jail is making progress, the Chief Inspector of Prisons said today.
Nick Hardwick spoke today after a report was released after an unannounced inspection at HMP Frankland, in Brasside, Durham.
It houses some of Britain’s most dangerous and notorious criminals, including child killer Ian Huntley and al-Qaeda terrorist Dhiren Barot.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons said: “Progress continues despite considerable challenges, including the recent murder of a prisoner and serious assaults on staff.” Mitchell Harrison, 23, from Wolverhampton, was serving an indefinite term for child rape in Cumbria when he was disembowelled by two fellow Frankland inmates.
In the report, inspectors were “pleased” to find that “although risk is ever present, the prison had maintained equilibrium and was generally safe and most prisoners said they felt safer than in comparable establishments”.
Mr Hardwick said: “This is a very good report.
“Frankland has had to deal with some very serious incidents in recent months.”