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POA condemns prison closures

Anger over closure of four prisons Credit: PA

The POA has condemned the announcement by the Secretary of State for Justice that he intends to close four prisons - including one in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

It says the prison service is in crisis, with staffing levels and morale at an all-time low and that the closures come "at a time when 20,000 prisoners are being held in an overcrowded prison estate, alongside the unacceptable level of violence and serious assults."

North Yorkshire prison to close

The Government has announced that HM Prison Northallerton is one of four prisons due to close, as it confirms plans to build two new "super" jails in England and Wales.

Northallerton - a male Young Offenders Institution - will close along with Blundeston in Suffolk, Dorchester in West Dorset, and Reading. The announcement was made as the MoJ confirmed plans to build a 2,000-place new prison in Wrexham, North Wales.


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.'

Study reveals high rate of prisoners with traumatic brain injuries

Leeds Prison Credit: PA file picture

A high number of prisoners have had a traumatic brain injury, according to a study done on offenders at Leeds Prison. Over 600 offenders were screened on admission to prison, and those who had sustained a traumatic brain injury were assessed by specialists.

The results were compared with a control group of prisoners without such injuries. The study also investigated the impact brain injuries have on reoffending rates and the ability of prisoners to take part in rehabilitation activities.

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