Prisoners compensated for 'damaged stereos'

Prisoners have been awarded compensation over damaged stereos and missing socks, a watchdog has revealed.

'Public money wasted' on prisoners' property redress

Taxpayers' money is being wasted on compensating prisoners over damaged stereos and missing socks, a prison watchdog said, as it urged prison staff to accept responsibility for prisoners' property.

Nigel Newcomen, from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO), said:

Most property complaints concern small-value items, but these can still mean a lot to prisoners with little.

Unfortunately, too many of the issues involved could and should have been dealt with more quickly and efficiently by the prisons concerned.

Instead, despite perfectly sound national policies and instructions, prisons too often refuse to accept their responsibilities when property has been lost or damaged.

This leaves prisoners in limbo, creates unnecessary frustration and tension and leads to complaints, too many of which require independent adjudication.

Mr Newcomen added that using up "scarce staff resources" was not a good use of public money.

Read: Prisoners compensated for 'damaged stereos'

Prisoners compensated for 'damaged stereos'

Prisoners have been awarded compensation over damaged stereos and missing socks, a watchdog has revealed.

A prison watchdog have urged prison staff need to pay greater attention to prisoners' property to avoid complaints. Credit: PA Wire

Taxpayers' money is being wasted on redress paid to prisoners for lost or damaged property and called, The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) claimed, who urged prison staff need to pay greater attention to prisoners' property to avoid complaints.

Around 57 per cent of property-related complaints received in 2012/13 were upheld in favour of inmates.

Among the examples given by the PPO was the case of "Mr H" who received a compensation settlement and apology after complaining that his stereo was damaged as he was transferred between prisons.

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