A Teesside prison, which helps long-term offenders back into work on their release, has been praised in a government report.
An inspection of HMP Kirklevington Grange near Yarm, found it was carrying out excellent resettlement work, which should be replicated elsewhere.
The report praised the positive way staff went about their work.
However, it was found that the quality and range of work opportunities for prisoners needed to be improved.
HMP Kirklevington Grange is the largest of England's three resettlement institutions.
Home to 223 prisoners, with 22 of them serving life sentences, it helps inmates get training, community work, and ultimately a full-term job, on release.
During the announced visit, which took place in July, there were positive responses from prisoners and local employers.
Anne Owers, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: "Overall, this is a report of a very good prison, bridging the gap between prison and the community with care and skill.
"This is a tribute to staff, managers and prisoners."
Phil Wheatley, director general of the prison service, said: "The fact that the prison has been recognised as a well-ordered and effective establishment is a credit to everyone involved.
"Rehabilitating offenders and reducing re-offending is a top priority for the Prison Service and robust resettlement work is a key element of this."