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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Prisons update

Justice Committee
Prisons update

Wednesday 25 May 2022

Start times: 1.00pm (private) 1.30pm (public)

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Victoria Atkins questioned on improving prison conditions

The Justice Committee takes evidence from prisons minister Victoria Atkins MP on Wednesday 25 May in a one-off session update on prisons. 

The Committee last took evidence from the Minister in November 2021 following serious concerns being raised about the care and wellbeing of children incarcerated at Oakhill Secure Training Centre. Currently the only facility of this kind remaining open following the closure of Rainsbrook STC, it is operating at reduced capacity following reports of violence, a dilapidated environment and poorly trained staff. The Committee will question the Minister on what progress has been made on improving the situation at Oakhill and the future of the Secure Training Centres in general. 

The Committee will also question the Minister on wider issues in the prison system. This will include progress made in ensuring sufficient numbers of adequately trained prison staff and improving the physical prison estate. 

Meeting details

At 1.30pm: Oral evidence
Work Prisons update (Non-inquiry session)
Minister of State for Justice at Ministry of Justice
Director of Youth Justice and Offender Policy at Ministry of Justice
Director General of Prisons at Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service


Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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