Kirklevington Grange prison's resettlement work praised

Inspectors have praised the work done by a Teesside prison to prepare inmates for returning to the community.

The report into HMP Kirklevington Grange followed an announced inspection in May.

Prisons Chief Inspector Nick Hardwick said it was very effective at preparing men coming to the end of long sentences for their return to the community.

He said with the issue being the subject of discussion, ministers "could do worse" than look at Kirklevington.

Inspectors said the prison was very safe with diversity work, health care and basic services, such as catering, of a high standard.

Specialist role

Prisoners were treated with respect and individual attention was paid to their progression with high standards of conduct and motivation expected in return, inspectors found.

Prison training workshops were good and allowed inmates to go on to unpaid community work and eventually paid work outside. It also had impressive community links, they said.

The inspectors said recording of some sanctions and decisions needed to be improved.

Mr Hardwick said: "Kirklevington Grange performs its specialist role effectively.

"At a time when 'working prisons' and reparation to the community are under much discussion, ministers could do worse than look at how Kirklevington tackles these issues."

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