HMP Birmingham: Violence on rise, say inspectors


Violence is on the rise at a riot-hit jail because of a high volume of illegal drugs inside, inspectors say.Safety at HMP Birmingham is at risk as a result, they said, after the 12-hour disturbance involving hundreds of inmates last December.The riot had a "profound" effect on staff who were in shock but committed to moving on, inspectors said.G4S, which runs the jail, said the findings were a "fair assessment" of challenges it faced.February's inspection was carried out to check on how prisoners were being housed after 500 were moved after the riot and not to look at why it happened, chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said.