Forest Bank gains a positive review

Forest Bank prison and young offenders institution in Manchester
is a “very good local prison” in spite of the pressure of
significant population increases, according to an inspection report
published earlier this week.

Although the population rose from 700 to 1,040 at the privately run
local prison at the time of the inspection, chief inspector Anne
Owers said relationships between staff and prisoners at Forest Bank
were extremely positive.

“However, a major weakness was that there was insufficient
purposeful activity, with fewer than half the prisoners engaged in
meaningful work or education,” Owers said.


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