Inmate Dies at Nottingham Prison
An inmate died at Nottingham Prison on October 9, 2018. The Ministry of Justice confirmed that Robert Frejus, 29, had passed away, and said the cause of his death was unknown. There have been eight self-inflicted deaths at the jail since 2016 – a figure described by the Chief Inspector of Prisons as “tragic and appalling”. Mr Clarke said inmates may have taken their own lives because they could no longer face life at the “drug-ridden” jail.
Nottingham Prison Whistle-blower ‘Silenced’
It was reported in October 2018 that a former officer at Nottingham Prison claimed she was silenced and unfairly dismissed after she spoke out about drugs and violence at the jail. Diane Ward was dismissed for medical inefficiency after claiming that many staff turned a blind eye to issues at the prison. She said use of the drug mamba had become rife, leading to aggressive behaviour among inmates which was not addressed by staff. She told an employment tribunal: “I think that I gained a reputation as somebody who would complain about things in the prison that were fundamentally wrong. We weren’t addressing behaviour, we weren’t protecting the people who were in the prison.”