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Prison staff send inmates 'thank you letters' for good behaviour, report says

Staff at a London jail have sent letters to inmates thanking them for good behaviour, an inspection report said.

HMP Isis sits within the perimeter of Belmarsh

It added that well-behaved inmates at HMP Isis have also been issued with reward slips.

The category C training establishment sits within the perimeter of Belmarsh high-security jail in south-east London. It held 600 prisoners at the time of the inspection in July and August.

The report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons said:

We saw examples of initiatives that encouraged good behaviour, such as the issuing of reward slips, and thank you letters from staff to prisoners following acts of good behaviour.

– HM Inspectorate of Prisons report

While levels of violence at the prison had increased and were high, chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said the culture and atmosphere were "definitely improving".

HMP Isis is one of 10 prisons selected for a £10 million Government improvement programme.

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart, who has pledged to resign if the campaign fails to reduce violence and drug use at the selected jails, said:

While [HMP] Isis still faces many challenges, I am pleased that inspectors found it to be turning a corner and that the governor and her staff are making positive changes to the way it is run. I'm confident that with the extra support it will receive as part of the 10 prisons project, this progress will continue.

– Rory Stewart, Prisons Minister