Therese has expressed her concern that full assessments on the risks that prisoners pose to the public are not taking place comprehensively for prisoners being transferred to HMP Hollesley Bay, an open prison.
Her concerns follow a report published this week by the HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, which carried out an unannounced inspection last year and found that about 40% of prisoners arrived in open conditions without a full assessment of their risk.
Therese said: "It is concerning that so many potentially high-risk prisoners are being moved into open conditions without a proper risk assessment having taken place. This practice needs to stop otherwise it undermines the trust of local communities and the wider population, who expect that rigorous process is followed."
Therese added: "Whilst the report is clear that Hollesley Bay continues to deliver good outcomes for those who are detained, which is good news for their rehabilitation, I am more concerned about the protection of the public. I will, therefore, be seeking an urgent meeting with the Prisons Minister to ensure that changes are made."
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