Following a report into the safety standards at Lincoln Prison, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said the report is "very concerning".
HMP Lincoln has some strengths it can build on. However, this was undermined by a serious lack of professionalism in many areas that compromised safety and the smooth running of the prison. Some of this required further investigation and action by the Prison Service nationally.
– Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons
Mr Hardwick also said that inspectors would make a follow-up visit to the prison shortly and set out where and how improvements could be made.
A new report by Inspectors from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) has found 'serious failings' at the category B Lincoln jail, after inspectors arrived unannounced at the prison back in August.
During the visit, inspectors were told by prisoners that it was easy to get drugs and alcohol in the jail and there was clear evidence of inmates developing drug addictions while the instance of fighting and assaults was also high.
The prison was also criticised for the amount of time prisoners were kept locked in their cells.
A newly-built academy at the jail aimed at getting prisoners working was found to be almost empty, and prison staff were unable to say why this was the case.
Prison inspectors have produced a report into the safety standards of Lincoln jail, which was published just days after it was saved from the axe.
The authors of the report said staff morale was poor and prisoners' welfare was being place at risk. However, the report did acknowledge speculation over the prison's future which meant some of its problems were outside the prisons direct control.
The jail has been holding 50% more prisoners than it was certified to hold and the report also discovered that a foreign national prisoner has been incarcerated for nine years after the date his sentence originally ended.