Concern over sex offender numbers in Moorland Prison

Moorlands Prison and Young Offenders Institution has drafted in extra staff and moved 250 inmates, after three consecutive days of rioting. Picture: Liz Mockler D7615LM
Moorlands Prison and Young Offenders Institution has drafted in extra staff and moved 250 inmates, after three consecutive days of rioting. Picture: Liz Mockler D7615LM
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MORe than 300 sex offenders are reported to have been moved into one of Doncaster’s prisons, sparking concerns for the community.

Mayor Peter Davies has described the reported move of 325 sex offenders into Moorland Prison on the edge of town as “disgraceful and outrageous” and has raised concerns they may stay in Doncaster after release

The Ministry of Justice has said it expects most inmates to return to their home towns.

He says many ex-offenders stay in Doncaster after they leave prisons in the borough, and is concerned it will leave Doncaster with more sex offenders in its population than other areas.

The offenders have been moved to Moorland over the last three months, he said.

Mr Davies said: “At some point in the future, they are going to be released into Doncaster. I know for a fact that when they’re released here, Doncaster has four prisons, that when prisons are released here, they don’t often go home. They stay here.

“It is not acceptable in Doncaster and it wouldn’t be acceptable in any other town in England.”

Rick Midgley, the Prison Officers Association branch secretary at Moorland, said he thought Mr Davies was scaremongering.

He said when prisoners where released they were released under strict supervision and on licensing conditions.

Andrew Neilson, of the Howard League for Penal Reform said prisoners were usually moved to prisons closer to where they came from before they were released.

An MoJ Spokesperson said: “HMP Moorland is a closed prison designed to hold and rehabilitate offenders in secure conditions.

“Having served their sentences, the vast majority of prisoners released from any establishment would return to their home town.”