Archer could be heading for Suffolk

DISGRACED peer Jeffrey Archer could be heading for a Suffolk prison to prepare for his release back into the community.Archer's next confinement at the taxpayers' expense could be Hollesley Bay's open prison, near Woodbridge, once he has served his punishment at Lincoln jail where he was sent after attending a party at the home of former Tory Cabinet Minister Gillian Shepherd.

DISGRACED peer Jeffrey Archer could be heading for a Suffolk prison to prepare for his release back into the community.

Archer's next confinement at the taxpayers' expense could be Hollesley Bay's open prison, near Woodbridge, once he has served his punishment at Lincoln jail where he was sent after attending a party at the home of former Tory Cabinet Minister Gillian Shepherd.

It is understood that Hollesley Bay is being lined up as one of the possible jails that the Prison Service will send the millionaire author to next month.

A senior Prison Service source was quoted yesterday as saying that Archer would be moved to the prison in about a couple of weeks if he did not get into trouble again, although an official spokeswoman from the service would neither confirm or deny it.

Archer was jailed last year for perjury and perverting the course of justice during a 1987 libel trial. He will be eligible for parole next July, halfway through his four-year sentence.

Hollesley's open prison sends inmates out into the community on day release schemes to help them adjust to life outside jail again. Archer would be able to choose from a range of options – shops, hotels and Ipswich Hospital are used for day release - or he could consider courses in industrial cleaning and building.

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Earlier this year workmen started installing electricity to all cells, starting with juvenile inmates in the Warren Hill prison, and small colour television sets were bought for the prisoners.

When his time in jail is finished Archer could use Hollesley's pioneering scheme to help him find a job.

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