A high security prison near Worcestershire has "no clear direction on race relations," according to the chief inspector of prisons.
Anne Owers said Long Lartin prison, near Evesham, Worcestershire - one of five Category A prisons in England and Wales - was generally safe for inmates and offered good staff-prisoner relations and reoffending work.
But this "masked some serious deficiencies" in areas such as race
Race monitoring data was unreliable, while inspectors detected "underlying
tension" among prisoners and a lack of confidence among staff and managers.
Although 28% of Long Lartin's prisoners were black or Asian, there was "no
clear direction or strategy" on race relations.
Ms Owers also said only a quarter of the activity spaces for prisoners had been filled which meant many prisoners who should have been working were locked up.
"These are deficits we would criticise in a hard-pressed local prison - they are difficult to excuse in the best-resourced and most stable part of the prison estate," she said.
Ms Owers praised the well-developed suicide and self-harm prevention policies, reintegration and public protection work and "excellent" offending behaviour programmes.
The drug treatment team, however, was overloaded and understaffed with eight out of 10 inmates claiming it was easy to get hold of drugs in the jail.
Making 86 recommendations for improvement, Ms Owers said: "Overall, Long Lartin was a safe and comfortable prison for its staff and most of its
prisoners, which is no mean achievement given the nature of its prisoner