Prisoners allowed to use laptops to order meals from their cells, inspection report reveals – Telegraph.co.uk
HMIP said: “Access to in-cell telephones and secure laptops that eased access to administrative systems was, in our view, the way forward and an example of good practice.”
The inspectorate described the introduction of in-cell phones as a “positive development”, helping prisoners who were far from home to stay in touch with their families during the evenings.
There are also plans to introduce a limited amount of video calling from the legal visits area later this year, the report added.
There have been calls for greater use of technology behind bars to boost prison education programmes and the ability of inmates to stay in touch with their families.
Earlier this year a Government-ordered review proposed that some prisoners should be able to use video-calling technology for “virtual visits”.
Opened in 1985, HMP Wayland is in rural Norfolk near Thetford.
At the time of the inspection visit in June, it held 951 adult males. The vast majority of the prisoners were serving lengthy terms, including 105 on life sentences.
Inspectors concluded that the jail was “very well led” and “generally respectful”, while safety was improving.
Searches had yielded high returns of drugs, illicitly brewed alcohol and mobile phone equipment.
So far this year the haul of contraband seized includes over a kilo of drugs, 177 mobile phones and almost 500 litres of alcohol.