High-risk sex offenders have been released into the community homeless and with little or no supervision due to “amazing neglect” at HMP Risley, a random sample has found.
A damning Prison Inspectorate report revealed a litany of failings at Cat C prison – where two in five sex offenders are.
Many did not have adequate systems in place to monitor their telephone calls and other contacts with the outside world, inspectors found.
Nicknamed Grisly Risley, the run-down prison had a poor record of public protection in the Cheshire Prison area.
And although it was pointed out as early as 2016 that there were no special programs for sex offenders, an unannounced visit by the inspectors still resulted in nothing that would have helped to retrain sick people.
Many were thrown out into the local community and had to register as homeless on the first day of their release.
According to the report, “Far too many prisoners convicted of sex offenses have been released without completing behavioral education tailored to their risks.”
“Some prisoners, including those at high risk of injury, would have been released without having done any criminally relevant work.”
Bosses said there was a “staggering failure by the prison service” and that they were “far too slow” in implementing major changes.
Parts of the filthy property are beyond repair, and high levels of violence and self-harm erupt among the 1,000 inmates.
The lags also squabbled over getting each other off the vaping habit — one of the main reasons for debt and prison violence, it turns out.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “We accept that improvements need to be made and are already taking decisive action to address the serious issues raised in this report.”
“We are hiring more probation officers at HMP Risley to improve risk assessment of serious offenders and implement a dedicated sex offender care program.
“We also support prisoners who are at risk of homelessness upon release with basic, temporary accommodation while they find a more permanent home.”