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Prisoners locked up in cells "doing nothing"

A third of prisoners at a Northumberland jail have been locked up in their cells doing nothing, when they could have been placed in job workshops, according to a new report.

HMP Northumberland, near Amble, is the result of a merger between the former young offender's institution, Castington and Acklington prison.

The Chief Inspector of Prisons said it was 'inexcusable' to have so many prisoners idle, however there was praise for the many positive changes made since the merger.