Prison report is " shocking' says Don Valley MP

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has written to the Prisons Minister expressing her concer about the dmning report into Lindholme Prison.

“This report is truly shocking, " she said.

"The inspector describes this prison as a “depressing picture”. The impression is of lax security which enables drugs and alcohol to flourish; and a lack of concern over the health of prisoners or to bullying and victimisation by other prisoners and by staff.

“This follows just two months after a critical report on HMP/YOI Moorland – and both prisons are due to be put out to private sector management, with the Government aiming to save considerable sums of money.

“As the inspector suggests that a huge amount of work is required to bring the running of this prison up to an acceptable standard, and certain areas are highlighted as under-resourced, I don’t see how the Government can proceed with the current privatisation without reassurance that some resources will be directed to resolving this situation immediately.”

– Caroline Flint MP

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Doncaster prison criticised

A prison wing in Doncaster has been described as among the worst inspectors have seen. After an unannounced visit, the category D wing of Lindholme Prison was described as "forgotten and neglected" due to a lack of funding.