Prison safety improvement

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a SOUTH Yorkshire jail has been praised by inspectors for safety improvements.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick, who made an unannounced inspection of HMP Lindholme in Doncaster, said there had been improvements and it now provided plenty of purposeful activity.

A previous inspection showed significant shortfalls in safety but the latest one found a much safer jail which was ‘busy and purposeful’.

Inspectors said there was good care for those at risk of self-harm and a robust approach to violence and bullying. Security had also improved, with a reduction in substance misuse.

Staff-prisoner relationships were positive, 90 per cent of inmates were engaged in purposeful activity and there was a reasonable amount of work and vocational training and good education provision.

But inspectors were concerned that limited resources and staff absences had impacted on some aspects of diversity and the quality of catering was poor.