A prison on Teesside has received an encouraging inspection report despite a 22% rise in the number of inmates.
Inspectors said Kirklevington Grange, near Yarm, had a fair and respectful atmosphere.
But the report, by the Independent Monitoring Board, also said the institution had some issues to address.
Inspectors expressed concerns about the increase in positive drugs tests although levels compare favourably with national figures.
But they commended the good links between the resettlement prison and the local population and also highlighted improved access to job centres for the prisoners.
Inspectors praised the efforts of all staff and said they looked forward to more improvement in 2004.