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Final Report Into Dorchester Prison Reveals Wastage

Dorchester Prison

2:58pm 5th March 2014

The final review into Dorchester Prison has questioned an increased investment in facilities despite the prison being due to close.

The report by The Independent Monitoring Body shows that the Category B prison spent £2.4 million on a new medical centre, which was opened last summer before the prison was shut months later in December.

Concerns were also raised about the education of prisoners. The report highlights that only 12 inmates took a Maths exam that 65 had registered for.  The IMB report concluded that resources needed better direction from prison staff. 

A number of issues regarding the healthcare of inmates were also raised.  There was a long wait for prisoners with mental health problems to be assessed.

Looking at the closure of the prison, the report says this was carried out with speed and efficiency but there was a great deal of waste.  Furnishings deemed not fit to be used in other prisons were placed in skips.  The IMB says this was a huge waste of taxpayers money and other recycling options should have been explored.

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