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North Sea Camp open prison praised for its achievements

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 25, 2012

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An open prison in Lincolnshire has been praised for its achievements.

Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, has published the report of an unannounced short follow-up inspection at HMP North Sea Camp, near Boston.

The inspection found that sufficient progress had been made in three out of four healthy prison criteria – safety, purposeful activity and resettlement – but more needed to be done in the area of respect.

The prison was last inspected in 2009 when it emerged that much of the accommodation badly needed refurbishment.

And there was a high proportion of short-sentenced prisoners whose needs were not matched to the regime.

Prisoners, however, felt safe and there was sufficient activity for them.

Mr Hardwick said: "'The isolated location of North Sea Camp, along with the poor state of the built environment, undoubtedly create barriers to what can be achieved there.

"Nevertheless, it continues to fulfil its function as an open prison relatively successfully.

"In order to build on the incremental progress we saw, the prison needs to give greatest attention to the areas of diversity and resettlement."

Meanwhile, a report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons is to be published in December after a visit to HMP Lincoln last month. The prison in Greetwell Road was last inspected in 2010, when it found more than two thirds of prisoners released after short sentences go on to be re-convicted within three years.

A boxing gym is holding special sessions twice a week for women.

The programme, called Mums, Bums and Tums, will be held at Bracebridge Boxing Gym on Ewart Street on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10am to 11am.

The one-hour stint will cost £2. For further details call trainer Wayne Casement on 07425 138794 or e-mail waynecaseycasement@googlemail.com

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