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Highpoint Prison, Suffolk

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has received a report from the governor of Highpoint prison, Suffolk, on the subject of the alleged import of liquor and the consequential misbehaviour of prisoners in their cells.

The acting governor of Highpoint prison has reported a recent, unsuccessful, attempt by one prisoner to introduce alcoholic drink into the establishment and the discovery of a device which could have been used to bring in illicit articles, but without evidence that it was so used. He has further reported that no inmate has been found in possession of liquor, either within the establishment or on return from an outside working party, when every inmate is searched; and that there has been no indiscipline involving the consumption of liquor within the dormitories.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his policy that prisoners convicted of violent crimes should be confined at High-point prison in Suffolk.

Highpoint prison receives prisoners up to security category C. Prisoners with sentences of more than six months for past or current offences involving sex or violence may be sent there with the authority of the regional director.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if any of the prisoners allowed out of High-point prison on working parties are serving sentences for the unlawful use of firearms, assault on police officers or sexual attacks on children.

No prisoner may work outside the prison if he has been convicted of a sexual offence (other than incest). For other prisoners a careful judgment is made of the likelihood that they might become a danger to the public or attempt to abscond; and the nature and circumstances of the prisoner's offence are among the considerations taken into account.