Stoke & Staffordshire

Drake Hall prison 'must improve work with alcoholics'

A Staffordshire women's prison has been told to improve its support for people with alcohol problems.

The chief inspector of prisons said Drake Hall near Eccleshall was largely a safe place but had a "significant gap" in supporting alcoholics.

The closed prison and young offenders institute has been taking women since 1974 and has capacity for 315 inmates.

It was told to improve its self harm prevention rate by developing its staff-prisoner relationships.

The chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick said in his report: "Drake Hall had improved since our last inspection and is producing reasonably good outcomes for prisoners."

He added that the jail should also focus on improving its work with foreign nationals.

The prison was inspected between August and September.

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