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Vulnerable inmates help discussed

HMP La Moye
The inmate population fluctuates between 180 and 200

Ways to help prisoners with mental health issues in Jersey are being discussed by two States departments.

There are some concerns HMP La Moye is being used as a "last resort" for people with personality disorders or mental illness.

Assistant Home Affairs Minister Jacqui Hilton said some prisoners may benefit from being sent away for treatment.

While Health Minister Anne Pryke said building a secure unit for vulnerable prisoners was also an option.

HMP La Moy is the island's only prison and has a population of nearly 200 men, women and young offenders.

'Appropriate care'

Governor Bill Millar said the number of prisoners with mental health issues fluctuated.

"At the moment we have 16 prisoners who are on the psychiatrist's list, but that can fluctuate, with the population," he told BBC News.

Mr Millar said it was a difficult situation, with the prison having both restricted accommodation and resources.

"Mainstream prison is not conducive for people with mental illness or personality disorders," he said.

"Ideally we need the appropriate care of individuals in the correct environment."

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