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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 April, 2003, 06:38 GMT 07:38 UK
Resettlement efforts criticised
Inmates at Littlehey
Inmates at Littlehey are offered job skills training

Littlehey prison in Cambridgeshire has been criticised for not helping inmates integrate back into society.

An inspection report released on Tuesday said that prisoners need more help with finding jobs and accommodation before their release.

Prison staff said they are now working more closely with inmates on subjects such as housing, benefits, and finding employment.

Prison Governor Julia Morgan said: "It's difficult sometimes to get prisoners to engage in this with us; some prisoners just don't want to do that.

"What we have to do is to make that information available to them, and encourage them to access that information and use it when they get discharged."

One-third of prisoners surveyed said they would be released in six months, but of those, 43% had nowhere to live and 57% had no job.

The report from the Chief Inspector of Prisons praised the staff at Littlehey for good staff-prisoner relationships and for improvements in inmate health care.

It cited overcrowding and "more demanding, and more vulnerable prisoners" than it has previously had as challenges faced at Littlehey.




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