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Hollesley Bay Prison: Training

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the adequacy of the systems in place at Hollesley Bay Prison intended to prevent those on training schemes from (a) accessing drugs and alcohol and (b) using their work time for social activities. (209875)

Adequate systems are in place at Hollesley Bay Prison to prevent those on training schemes from accessing drugs and alcohol and using their work time for social activities. The prison has searching systems, measures to detect alcohol and drugs and undertakes random site checks. It maintains close communications with employers and the Suffolk constabulary.

Prisoners who work in the leisure and hotel industry are occasionally permitted to use facilities on site. Such activities should not interfere with their need to deliver a full day’s work to the satisfaction of their employer.

Absconds are at their lowest level for 10 years. Despite this fact it is inevitable that there will be temporary release failures and absconds. Open prisons have a range of options for dealing with absconds and license failures from loss of privileges and further release opportunities through to returning prisoners to closed conditions and prosecution by the police.