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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 August, 2004, 05:47 GMT 06:47 UK
Criticism for 'flagship' prison
A prison in Surrey has been criticised for its lack of work and training for inmates despite once being hailed as a flagship jail.

Coldingley Prison was once a leader in training, resettlement and education.

A new report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers, found a fifth of prisoners were not in education or work and resettlement programmes were poor.

The Woking jail was hailed a flagship prison 13 years ago. Mrs Owers said it was now "well short" of that status.

'Glaring gap'

Ms Owers said: "Thirteen years on......it is well short of flagship status in the key areas of education, training and resettlement.

"Indeed, in some of those area it is not meeting the basic requirements of Prison Service standards."

The report said the lack of employment and training was the prison's most "glaring gap".

Phil Wheatley, director general of the Prison Service, said: "The new governor and a strong management team are already successfully tackling many of the problems highlighted by the chief inspector."

He said the Category C prison, which holds 390 prisoners, now offers full employment.




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