‘Urgent support’ needed over high levels of violence and drugs at understaffed HMP Woodhill

The high-security jail that holds Charles Bronson needs “urgent support” amid the high rate of attacks on prison officers and “chronic” staff shortages, the watchdog has said.

The chief inspector of prisons, Charlie Taylor, wrote to the justice secretary, Alex Chalk, to issue an urgent notification for improvement at HMP Woodhill after an inspection found the Milton Keynes jail was “fundamentally unsafe”.

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