HMP Wayland

6th December 2017

HMP Wayland is a key institution in the Wayland Valley, and one of the biggest employers in Mid Norfolk. That’s why I have always followed its progress, and that of its staff, extremely closely.

Two years ago the prison was facing a serious outbreak of disorder fuelled by a mix of the latest drug ‘Spice’, staff overstretch and low morale – and I spoke with a number of staff members to discuss the concerns that they had.

Today however, I am pleased to be able to say that the prison is making great progress under the new Governor and his fantastic team of staff.

By pioneering innovative approaches to mental health, training and rehabilitation, they are rapidly bringing down the number of violent and disorderly incidents at the prison, and HM Inspectorate of Prisons has praised the progress being made.

Having recently met with the Prison Governor, Paul Cawkwell, to discuss the challenges still being faced at Wayland, I shall soon be meeting with the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah, to ensure his feedback is heard.

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