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HMP/YOI East Sutton Park

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Report on an unannounced inspection of HMP/YOI East Sutton Park by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (25 September – 5 October 2023)

East Sutton Park healthy prison scores

Bar chart showing prisoner outcomes at HMP/YOI East Sutton Park by healthy prison area in 2023, compared with 2016. Safety, respect and rehabilitation and release planning had all remained good; purposeful activity had fallen slightly from good to reasonably good.

What we found

East Sutton Park is an open prison, holding just under 100 women. The prison was overwhelmingly safe and respectful, and the well-being of women was prioritised. However, much of the work to promote equality and diversity had stalled, and inspectors found that women needed further support to develop a fuller understanding of important values, such as respect, tolerance, and equality. 

Points to note

The prison used Release On Temporary Licence effectively, which contributed to 60% of the women released into paid employment still being in work six months later. 

Action plan