Anna spent most of her time in the Health Care centre talking to staff and understanding the various challenges they face in improving the health of prisoners.
“Many prisoners have underlying mental health problems. Many have not been involved with the NHS and their health has suffered as a result. We also know that many prisoners have alcohol and drug addiction or abuse problems and being in prison can be a good opportunity to start to make better many years of harm.”
Anna visited the education facilities and then a number wings “I was a criminal barrister for many years before I became an MP and even though I was a regular visitor to prison, I had never been in a cell” and Anna added “cells are small with a lavatory in the corner. Being in prison is not some cushy number and is a denial or liberty. It’s crucial to get right the balance between punishment and rehabilitation.”