Money wasted on jail improvements

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds were wasted during a new building programme at a Suffolk jail due to a national policy on using consultants, it was been revealed.

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds were wasted during a new building programme at a Suffolk jail due to a national policy on using consultants, it was been revealed.

The Independent Monitoring Board overseeing the running of Warren Hill young offenders' institution, near Woodbridge, warned that the cost of a £350,000 new building used to tackle substance misuse had escalated to £850,000.

''The main reason for this discrepancy is that at every stage consultants have to be employed,” it said, adding the IMB wanted the system to be reviewed “urgently”.

This was just one of several local and national criticisms levelled by the IMB at the Youth Justice Board(YJB) and the Prison Service in the annual report for the 12 months ending May 31.


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