Lincoln prison condemned in report

A damning report about Lincoln prison has followed an unannounced inspection this summer.

Criticism of Lincoln Prison

A damning report has found serious failings at Lincoln Jail, including the case of one prisoner who was held for a staggering nine years longer than he should have been.

The publication, from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons, comes only days after the jail was saved from closure.

The report lists problems with staff morale and prisoners' welfare and the apparent easy access to drugs and alcohol inside the jail. Kate Hemingway reports.

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Response from prison service re Lincoln jail

I acknowledge that the performance at HMP Lincoln has declined. This is not acceptable and we have taken urgent action to address the Chief Inspector's concerns. The (prison's) governor has been replaced and measures are being implemented at pace to improve safety, decency and regime provision across the prison.

– Michael Spurr, chief exec National Offender Management Service

The governor of the jail was replaced earlier this year with new incumbent Peter Wright.

Lincoln prison condemned in report

A damning report about Lincoln Prison has revealed that a foreign national was held inside the jail for almost a decade longer than he should have been.

The report, which is as a result of an unannounced inspection this summer, has also revealed that the jail is holding 50 percent more prisoners than it should be. Kate Hemingway reports.