HMP Moorland inspection

A surprise inspection of Moorland Prison near Doncaster has led to 'serious concerns' over its handling of hundreds of sex offenders.

Criticism of South Yorkshire prison

A surprise inspection of Moorland Prison near Doncaster has led to 'serious concerns' over its handling of hundreds of sex offenders.

Today's report criticises the centre for failing to offer treatment programmes and states "too many" of the criminals are released without completing one.

Kate Walby reports.

Caroline Flint MP: inspection report 'raises serious concerns'

Commenting on Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons report of the recent inspection of HMP/YOI Moorland, Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint said:

This report raises serious concerns that must be addressed. It is clearly unacceptable that sex offenders are released without ever going through any meaningful treatment programme. Failure to address their behaviour makes it even harder for the probation service and the police to stop them offending again.

It is also unacceptable that one in three prisoners is locked up doing nothing for large parts of the working day when this is a Training Prison. The report is clear that there is enough activity to give prisoners useful things to do yet attendance is poor, punctuality is poor and some prisoners are paid even if they don’t show up for work. Criticisms like these are not about resources, but about the approach by staff and their expectations of prisoners.

This report makes clear that this prison has a lot to do if it is going to be successful in reducing reoffending and reducing future risk to the public.

The Government is determined to put the Doncaster cluster of prisons under new management, and I will be seeking answers from the Government as to how the reports concerns will be addressed while investing less money in the running of these prisons.”

– Caroline Flint MP

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One in three prisoners released before completing programme to address their offending

HMP/YOI Moorland has 954 prisoners, 300 of which are sex offenders from the Yorkshire region.

The report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons includes the following criticisms:

  • HMIP criticise the prison for leaving 1 in three prisoners idle and locked up for all but 3 hours per day during the working day.
  • HMIP criticises the prison for not ensuring that sex offenders go through a treatment programme to address their behaviour before they are released.
  • Some sex offenders are transferred to other prisons to do the Sex Offender Treatment Programme, but one in three is released before completing any programme to address their offending.

Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons: lack of treatment programme for sex offenders at HMP Moorland 'significant omission'

A prison that houses hundreds of sex offenders has been criticised by inspectors for failing to run programmes to tackle their behaviour.

HMP Moorland was the scene of riots in 2010 and almost a third of the inmates are sex offenders. But according to today's Inspector of Prisons report, no treatment programme is available for them and "too many" of the criminals are released without completing one.

The Deputy Chie Inspector of Prisons, Martin Lomas, says the lack of treatment programme is a 'significant omission.'

Doncaster prison criticised

A prison that houses hundreds of sex offenders has been criticised by inspectors for failing to run programmes to tackle their behaviour.

There were riots at HMP Moorland near Doncaster in 2010.

Although a third of prisoners at HMP Moorland, in South Yorkshire, are sex offenders, no treatment programme is available and "too many" of the criminals are released without completing one, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said.