Inmates at Britain’s first ‘respectful’ jail have been given the keys to their cells – with prison officers having to knock before entering.
Wrexham’s HMP Berwyn, the largest prison in England and Wales, says the move is a ‘rehabilitative’ approach to offenders.
Prisoners have been given more privacy, with the ability to come and go from their cells as they please – as well as being able to lock themselves in at any time.
The ‘knock first’ policy is aimed at creating a respectful environment for prisoners, but officers can still enter cells without knocking for searches and emergencies, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Cells at the new £250 million prison have been renamed rooms and prisoners are called ‘men’ in an attempt to create a more domestic environment for inmates.
The prisoners are provided with laptops, and blocks are now called ‘communities’.
The prison holds category C offenders – those who are ‘unlikely to try to escape’ but cannot be trusted in an open prison.
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