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HMP Moorland inspection

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

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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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