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 Tuesday, 7 January, 2003, 15:18 GMT
Inspector criticises prison's dirt and drugs
Norwich Prison
The report says Norwich Prison falls short of standards
Norwich Prison said it will work to improve conditions there, after a damning report out on Tuesday from the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

The report said the prison is dirty and its anti-drugs and anti-bullying programmes are failing.

Inspectors also found photos of children on display in areas used by prisoners accused of sexual offences.

Chief Inspector Anne Owers said: "Those working with sex offenders, particularly those convicted of offences with children need to be very alert."

Safety concerns

The report said the prison has not done enough to stop bullying and suicide; there were 19 attempted hangings in just six months.

Ms Owers told BBC Look East the prison had shown some evidence of good work with young adults and resettlement programmes, but needed to find activities for its inmates and better educate them.

A prison dog searches for drugs
One of the prison's five drug dogs checks a cell
"One one wing, 200 out of 250 prisoners not being engaged in positive activity, and that was even true on training wings of the prison", she said.

Commenting on the report, Deputy Director General of the Prison Service Phil Wheatley, said Norwich had been close to capacity, with some single cells housing two prisoners.

He said: "This has increased the pressure of the prison, and has affected its performance."

Ms Owers acknowledged that overcrowding is part of the problem.

"There are things people at Norwich Prison can do to create better conditions, but they are fighting an uphill battle and we recognise that."


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