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Friday, February 25, 2011

David Chaytor is Spring Hill Jack!

David Chaytor is Spring Hill Jack!

Experience would suggest that there is a waiting list for those prisoners seeking to go to open prison. The riot in Ford open prison on News Year's Day resulted in 300 spaces being lost. Perhaps, somebody within NOMS can explain to me how David Chaytor was able to jump from the bottom of the waiting list to the top in just 2 weeks? It would suggest that he received preferential treatment. Obviously, some snouts in the trough are more equal than others.

I have now received a response from a Senior Officer at Spring Hill open prison. For lifers there is a 2-3 months waiting list. For determinate sentenced prisoners there is no waiting list and they go there pretty much straight away once the allocation process is completed. A problem being that IPP prisoners are taking up a disproportinate amount of spaces at Spring Hill, simply because of the back log of cases before the Parole Board and the Parole Board's lack of will to release such prisoners back into the community.

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