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Young Prisoners

Volume 171: debated on Friday 27 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to provide for the incarceration of younger healthy prisoners in an outdoor working environment with the minimum possible time spent in cellular confinement.

Inmates need to be kept in conditions of security appropriate to the nature of the individual prisoner and his offence. Establishments already seek, within available resources, to provide balanced and integrated regimes which keep inmates as fully occupied as possible. Programmes of activities include physical education, exercise and, where practicable, opportunities for outside work.