Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said:
Bedford prison faces serious challenges. We placed it in special measures before the inspection was conducted and we are bringing in senior experienced managers.
Our focus will be on reducing violence and drugs along with supporting our prison officers to turn Bedford around. It is abundantly clear that further action is needed. I am grateful to the Chief Inspector for his work.
More detail on the reasons for this can be found on the HM Inspectorate of Prisons website.