Three suicides last year at Eastwood Park women’s prison near Bristol Road
Three inmates at a women’s prison near Bristol took their own lives last year, Government inspectors have reported.
Eastwood Park near Wotton-under-Edge has seen the number of inmates jump by 100 to about 400 since it was last inspected in 2013.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons has reported an increase in violence at the jail although it is regarded as “generally safe”.
Chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said: “We still considered Eastwood Park to be a well-led… and decent prison, but it was showing signs of being under strain.
“Efforts to understand the recent self-inflicted deaths needed to continue, and urgent action should be taken to address any deficiencies.
“The increase in violence needed to be addressed with renewed vigour, and aspects of the prison’s activities and resettlement provision required further work.”
The prison is one of ten which has been prioritised by the Government for extra funding.
In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said: “Eastwood Park is currently recruiting additional staff for around 20 new posts to introduce new ‘dedicated officer’ arrangements, which will significantly improve the quality of support that can be provided to women in their care.”