Dorset prison criticised

Dorchester Prison has been criticised following an unannounced inspection. Inspectors found overcrowding at HMP Dorchester and that staff were complacent about prisoner safety during their visit in July.

A full inspection was carried out in 2009 and 17 recommendations were made.

Eight had not been achieved but overall the report concluded that the prison was safe with excellent staff-prisoner relationships.

HMP Dorchester has responded positively to some key findings from our last inspection but there are some enduring concerns.

– HMP inspection report