Independent report highlights improvements in facilities and education at Deerbolt Young Offenders' Institution

Darlington and Stockton Times: Independent report highlights improvements in facilities and education at Deerbolt Young Offenders' Institution Independent report highlights improvements in facilities and education at Deerbolt Young Offenders' Institution

CONSIDERABLE improvements have been made to the standard of accommodation at a North-East young offenders' institution, according to an independent report.

There have also been “notable and positive changes” in the way inmates at Deerbolt YOI, at Startforth, near Barnard Castle, are educated and trained while serving their sentences.

The annual report of the prison's independent monitoring board, which covers the 12 months to September 2013, also notes that any fears for the future had been allayed as Deerbolt had been operating at almost full capacity after a period of low occupancy.

The institution can house a maximum of 513 young offenders aged 18-21 on nine wings.

David Yeadon, chairman of the monitoring board, said governor Gabrielle Lee and her staff should be commended for leading the prison through changing and challenging times.

“The year has seen continued and considerable improvements and repairs to the fabric and appearance of the establishment.”

Mr Yeadon said the board was particularly pleased with improvements in the shower facilities.

“The showers have been a major problem for several years and the cause of a high number of incidents,” he noted.

Individual shower rooms have been installed on C Wing, replacing a single open cubicle.

On education and training, Mr Yeadon said the development of individual learning plans (ILPs) for inmates have proved a success.

Following the closure of Northallerton Prison, 18 staff, the majority prison officers, transferred to Deerbolt, easing a strain on staffing. In total, the prison directly employs 315 staff.

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7:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

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Absolute mockery! Having previously worked there, the current governor is making even more of a joke of the place. Comfy sofas in reception so visitors don't have to feel uncomfortable or intimidated....what about the victims of crimes, do they not feel uncomfy or intimidated??!

Single unit showers? Lovely facilities. It'll be getting 5 stars on trip advisor next. When is this country going to sort it out? Rehab my ****, they can't wait to be back in for Xmas and get a nice stay for a while, rent free, nice food, gym, education, playstation, ice cream....jeez it boils my ****

And what about staff? Nice frilly curtains and blankets are all well and good for prisoners and wasting our money, but putting staff in danger with over 20 prisoners to 1 member of staff is ridiculous...so a fight kicks off, a riot....the wings get smashed up and who pays for it....that's right, us mugs, the public!
Absolute mockery! Having previously worked there, the current governor is making even more of a joke of the place. Comfy sofas in reception so visitors don't have to feel uncomfortable or intimidated....what about the victims of crimes, do they not feel uncomfy or intimidated??! Single unit showers? Lovely facilities. It'll be getting 5 stars on trip advisor next. When is this country going to sort it out? Rehab my ****, they can't wait to be back in for Xmas and get a nice stay for a while, rent free, nice food, gym, education, playstation, ice cream....jeez it boils my **** And what about staff? Nice frilly curtains and blankets are all well and good for prisoners and wasting our money, but putting staff in danger with over 20 prisoners to 1 member of staff is ridiculous...so a fight kicks off, a riot....the wings get smashed up and who pays for it....that's right, us mugs, the public! Entitled to an opinion
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