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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tutor leaves Suffolk prison over 'inappropriate conduct'

Tutor leaves Suffolk prison over 'inappropriate conduct'

By Sally Chidzoy Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC East

A tutor has been told to leave a Suffolk jail after she was accused of inappropriate conduct involving a prisoner.

The woman works for a company providing Learndirect courses to inmates seeking new skills and qualifications.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: "We can confirm that an individual employed to deliver Learndirect courses was excluded from HMP Blundeston."

The spokesperson added that it followed "accusations of inappropriate conduct".

A prison officer, who asked not to be named, told the BBC: "A lot of people who work for private companies are not being given training to prepare them for the environment of a prison.

"For example there are jail-craft courses to prepare staff against manipulation by prisoners and this training should be given to everyone who comes in to prisons."

Learndirect said it would not be issuing a separate statement and directed inquiries to the Ministry of Justice.

Comment: And what if the accusations alleging whatever are not true?


Charles Cowling said...

Can't No 1 Govs exclude who they want on their say-so?

Manipulation is, of course, to be guarded against. Hold out for bribery.

jailhouselawyer said...

Charles: Yes, a Governor has the discretion who enters the prison. As the Prison Service relies more upon informants for intelligence, I can see more and more being asked to leave upon allegations which have not been proved.

Charles Cowling said...

Ah-ha, so prisons are becoming ever more extra-legal. Nobody knows, nobody cares. I despair - angrily.