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The Justice Secretary Liz Truss says improvements are starting to be made at Bedford Prison after a riot took place there earlier this month.
The MP for South West Norfolk spoke during a visit to see a work experience project at Norwich Prison.
Truss told ITV News Anglia that more staff have been recruited and body worn cameras are being rolled out.
Inmates who were involved in the six-hour riot were protesting at the conditions in the jail.
"There are issues across the prison estate, but what we've done, we've trained up new sniffer dogs in detecting psychoactive substances, we're rolling out body-worn cameras across the estate, investing in more frontline staff," Truss said.
"I announced earlier this year that we were recruiting an additional 400 staff in our most challenging prisons and we've now reached half of that target, so we are making progress."
Three people were arrested and two prisoners taken to hospital following a riot at Bedford jail.
Police have confirmed officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex were needed to deal with the disturbance which broke out just before 5pm on Sunday.
Three men - aged 39, 37 and 26 - have been arrested on suspicion of committing offences under the Prison Security Act 1992. They remain in police custody.
Two prisoners were taken to hospital during the incident - one had become unwell and another suffered minor injuries during the riot. Both have been treated and returned to prison.
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More than 200 prisoners have been shipped out of HMP Bedford - including 50 riot "ringleaders" - as two wings are said to be out of action.
A prisoner released from Bedford jail just a week ago says conditions inside are "a joke" and Sunday's riot was "a long time coming".