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Jail safety criticised in report
La Moye Prison
The report says 2m needs to be spent on the prison
Strong criticism has been made of conditions at Jersey's La Moye prison in a report by official UK inspectors.

The report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons says relations between staff and inmates are good.

But it goes on to say there are problems with bullying and living conditions, with the safety and security of inmates under threat.

It also described cases of racism and said 2m needed to be spent to make the prison acceptable in the 21st century.

Home Affairs Minister Wendy Kinnard said she would make La Moye a priority.

Changes achievable

The report was commissioned after Senator Kinnard asked the inspectorate to investigate how La Moye was being managed.

The report said few recommendations had actually been embraced since the last report into the running of La Moye in 2005.

It said prisoners needed more education to help them when they were released and more needed to be done to combat racism and bullying.

However, Chief Inspector of Prisons Ann Owers said changes were achievable as long as the will was there.

Senator Kinnard said she strongly embraced the report's findings and recommendations, but said La Moye had long been a forgotten priority.

She said she would work hard to put it at the top of the States' agenda.

Meanwhile, the prison's governor says a chaplain for inmates will be appointed soon.

There has not been proper religious guidance for prisoners at since former Anglican Dean, the Very Reverend John Seaford, left the island.

Governor Steven Guy Gibbons said he had met with the new Dean, the Very Reverend Bob Key, and he was meeting with the island's Methodist Superintendent later this week to discuss the situation.


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