Cardiff prison stable but needs to tackle drugs, report says


Cardiff prison needs to tackle its drug problem but is stable despite "challenging times", a report has said. Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke published his findings following unannounced inspections. Challenges included staff shortages and increased use of new psychoactive substances, leading to more "unpredictable and violent behaviour". But inspectors also found good staff-prisoner relationships and a "good range" of training and education. Despite safety declining since 2013, Mr Clarke described it as a "mixed picture of progress". There were 770 inmates at the time of the inspections in July and August, despite the Certified Normal Accommodation (CNA) level - how many prisoners can be held safely and decently - being 532.Other positives in the report included an improvement in resettling prisoners after release, but it found some cells were in a poor state and there was a lack of bedding.