Prisoners to get phones in their cells to stop smug­gling

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

PRISONERS are to get phones in their cells at a jail with a rep­u­ta­tion for “wide­spread vi­o­lence” to com­bat smug­gling.

The cells at cat­e­gory B Bris­tol Prison, which has more than 600 in­mates, are to have tele­phones and com­put­ers in­stalled.

The scheme aims to com­bat mo­bile phones be­ing smug­gled into prison il­le­gally. At present, in­mates have to queue for com­mu­nal phones.

The new com­put­ers will en­able in­mates to or­der food from the can­teen or book train­ing cour­ses.

Of­fi­cials say the calls will be strictly mon­i­tored and the com­put­ers will not be con­nected to the in­ter­net.

The In­de­pen­dent Mon­i­tor­ing Board

‘Prisoners who can keep in touch with fam­ily are far more likely to have their re-of­fend­ing re­duced’

at HMP Bris­tol said: “Prisoners who can keep in touch with fam­ily are far more likely to have their re-of­fend­ing re­duced. It also helps the prison tar­get those who are us­ing mo­bile phones for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity more ef­fec­tively.”

Mark Fairhurst, of the Prison Of­fi­cers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, added: “With the staffing short­ages, there is a lot frus­tra­tion be­cause when a pris­oner asks a mem­ber of staff to do some­thing, it’s usu­ally a cou­ple of days or a week later be­fore they get an an­swer. If they can do that in the cell, they know that it’s done and it takes away that frus­tra­tion.”

More than 20,000 smug­gled mo­bile phones and sim cards were re­cov­ered last year.

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