HMP Berwyn Prison Governor Suspended
The Ministry of Justice is advertising for a new governor to run Berwyn Prison. Russ Trent was suspended from the position last month amid an investigation into undisclosed allegations against him. His deputy, Mark Greenhaf is currently running the prison, and the Ministry of Justice said the decision to advertise for another governor was unconnected to the suspension.
Drug Finds Soar at Berwyn Prison
It was reported in September 2018 that drug finds in Welsh prisons have risen by 475 per cent over the last five years, with 46 finds at Berwyn Prison. The rise outstrips the 9 per cent rise in the prison population and is double the 200 per cent increase in English jails. The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) have blamed the figures on staff shortages, and the Ministry of Justice have pledged to invest £30 million in tackling “record numbers” of drugs in prisons.
POA chairman Mark Fairhurst said: “If you cut over 7,000 operational frontline posts, disband dedicated search teams, reduce the capability to detect and deter and insist that nothing is wrong then you should not be surprised when drugs, weapons, debt, bullying and misery ensues.”