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Tuesday, 3 April, 2001, 00:17 GMT 01:17 UK
Glowing report on youth jail
Chief Inspector of Prisons Sir David Ramsbotham
Sir David Ramsbotham praised the institution
A young offenders' institution has been named a centre of excellence by the chief inspector of prisons after it received a glowing report.

Sir David Ramsbotham gave the accolade after inspectors described Swinfen Hall YOI, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, as an example to other institutions.


The needs as well as the characteristics of young, adolescent prisoners, are understood and catered for

Inspectors' report
The inspection team visited the 320-inmate institution last November.

Their report said Swinfen Hall was a place "in which the needs as well as the characteristics of young, adolescent prisoners, are understood and catered for".

It also praised anti-bullying schemes and programmes which examine offending behaviour.

The prison opened in February 1963 as a borstal. In 1972 it became a long term young offenders' institution.

The regime includes education, workshops, farms and gardens, and a works department.

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