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Report Highlights Concern Over Prisoner Safety At Portland YOI


9:36am 2nd August 2012

An inspection of Portland Young Offenders Institution has found Officers aren't doing enough to stamp out violence and prevent inmates self-harming.

Those are the findings detailed in a report by the Prison Inspectorate who've made an unannounced follow-up visit to the site.

It's raised concerns over complacency after a list of recommendations were made earlier in the year to tackle the issues.

Although the prison is said to be performing reasonably well in other areas, safety remains a primary issue that's been highlighted before.

Click the player below to listen to Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons Martin Lomas.

Portland YOI opened in 1848 where it held convicted adults before converting into a borstal in 1921. Since April last year it's been a training prison for adults over the age of 21 and young adults between 18 and 21 years of age.

The iconic Victorian site holds over 500 prisoners who've committed a range of violent crimes.


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