Petting animals can also help emotional well-being, as well as promoting responsibility, empathy, respect and compassion.
The report also stated that there was also a ‘polytunnel, where they (prisoners) could grow plants’.
The recent report found that a massive 59 per cent of prisoners tested were positive for drugs, which was ‘very high’ – with rates among prisoners at other jails more likely to hover at between 5-20 per cent.
It stated: ‘A range of intelligence and other data indicated that there was a problem with prisoners accessing drugs in the prison and a lack of capacity to reduce the demand.
‘Mandatory drug testing had been reinstated shortly before our inspection and yielded a positive rate of 59 per cent in the first month, which was very high.
‘In our survey 25 per cent of prisoners said that it was easy to get drugs.
*’The prison should adopt an integrated, strategic approach to the prison’s drug problem, establish what the key operational priorities are to reduce the supply and demand for drugs and implement appropriate action.’*
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