Reading’s prisoners need more purpose

Most prisoners at the young offenders institution and remand
centre in Reading have too little meaningful work, according to
Anne Owers, chief inspector of prisons.

“There is a need at Reading to build resettlement, purposeful
activity and respect for prisoners’ basic needs into the culture of
the establishment,” Owers said.

The report identifies the need to develop an effective
anti-bullying strategy. It also recommends improved conditions, an
evaluation of staff training and the introduction of interventions
known to protect against re-offending.

However, inspectors did find that many of the previous
inspection’s recommendations had been followed up and that Reading
was a safe place overall.

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