Concern as number of 'lifers' doubles at county prison
LIFE term inmates have doubled in number at Leyhill open prison.
Those who could spend the rest of their days in jail form around half the number of inmates at the prison near Wotton-under-Edge.
An Independent Monitoring Board report covering February 2012 to January 2013 was released last week and said more "lifers" and prisoners with and indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) are causing problems for staff.
"During the reporting period the number of IPP prisoners substantially increased, with the total number of lifer and IPP prisoners now being close to half the population (of 527) as opposed to the previous cap of 120 lifer and IPP prisoners," said the report.
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"This increase in IPP numbers has a significant impact across the whole establishment particularly with regard to resources available to progress preparation for parole boards."
A Prison Service spokesman said: "HMP Leyhill provides a safe and decent environment and carefully manages the risks involved with its complex population.
"While the complex IPP system has now been replaced with a new regime of tough, determinate sentences, HMP Leyhill has been working to improve to the way it manages those previously given IPP sentences, ensuring they receive targeted interventions to tackle the root causes of their offending behaviour.
"The Independent Monitoring Board's report will now be considered fully by ministers, who will respond in due course."