London, May 7 (ANI): A damning report prepared by Sussex inspectors has revealed that the Ford Open Prison is ‘awash with alcohol’ and has sacrificed its role as a place for the rehabilitation of prisoners.
According to The Independent, iInspectors who visited the prison near Arundel, West Sussex, found alcohol abuse was rife among prisoners and poor security meant it was awash with other contraband.
In one weekend alone, staff found that convicts had smuggled in 30 bottles of vodka.
The night before the inspectors arrived, two prisoners were described as “violently drunk” and had to be forcibly moved to a segregation unit.
Anne Owers, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, said security problems at the jail, which was converted from a Fleet Air Arm station in 1960, meant that large finds of alcohol were common and prisoners were also smuggling in drugs and mobile phones.
Her report is the latest in a series of scandals to beset HMP Ford, whose famous former inmates include the high-profile fraudsters Darius Guppy and Lord Brocket, and the footballer George Best.
Last year, it was reported that porn movies and Viagra had been smuggled in so inmates could enjoy “wild parties”. In a previous security lapse, 70 inmates, including three murderers, absconded from Ford in 12 months. (ANI)