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Thursday, 6 December, 2001, 16:26 GMT
Praise for 'caring' prison
East Sutton Park Prison
Martin Narey congratulated staff at East Sutton Park Prison
A Kent women's prison has won glowing praise from the director general of the Prison Service.

Martin Narey has congratulated staff at East Sutton Park Prison near Maidstone for the caring and humane way prisoners are treated.

Mr Narey said: "The governor and his staff must be congratulated for the many examples of good practice found at the prison and for the caring and humane way in which women are treated."

Governor of the prison, Robin Carter, said he was delighted with the inspection report findings.

'Enormous credit'

Mr Carter said: "When Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons does a full inspection it is a very in depth two week procedure.

He added: "To achieve the standard of report that East Sutton Park has achieved is an enormous credit not only to all the staff who work here but to the prisoners who have been on the receiving end of the ethos we offer at East Sutton Park."

Mr Narey praised the prisons resettlement function and the changes it has made to its education provision to reflect this.

He said: "Courses such as key skills, basic skills in numeracy and literacy and business skills are being introduced, and will form part of the sentence plan for women.

"This means prisoners will be able to address their educational and training needs to increase their prospects of gaining employment on release."

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