15 Jul Justice minister ‘impressed’ during Sudbury prison visit
by Matthew Martino
Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee thanked staff at Foston Hall prison for their ‘vital work’ in helping to deliver major prison reforms during a recent visit to the Sudbury prison.
The minister sat down with governor Andrea Black and spoke to staff from various roles, to hear about the daily challenges they face supporting prisoners and how the wholescale reforms to the prison system will help to reduce reoffending and improve outcomes for women in custody.
Foston Hall has recently recruited 4 new officers with 4 more currently in training and due to begin work in the coming months. The prison continues to look for ambitious applicants from all backgrounds.
The visit comes as part of a tour of prisons, with the minister hearing from dedicated healthcare staff, who provide specialist support for some of the most vulnerable women, many of whom have suffered abuse and have mental health problems.