A program introduced for over 1,000 against at HMP Humber, East Yorks, has been hailed as a success in boosting lagging moods and behaviour. Now it could be copied all over the country
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Angry prisoners were calmed down by soothing music played in their cells at night.
Soft melodies are played from midnight to 8am – but they can be turned off at the inmate’s request.
The selections are said to include acoustic numbers, classical and panpipe tunes.
The 1,000+ scam program at HMP Humber, East Yorks has been hailed as a success in boosting lagging moods and behaviour.
Now it could be copied all over the country.
A source said: “A lot of these jerks usually listened to hip hop or heavy metal, but it opened them up to softer material.
“Most of these men wouldn’t know their arias from their elbow, so it was a good introduction to different music.
“It seems some people feel better about being behind bars.”
The same inmates have access to yoga, mindfulness and ukulele lessons. They are all part of a ‘soft skills’ program hailed by the prison’s watchdog, the Independent Oversight Council.
A report last week said steps had been taken to deal with cases of ‘sleep inversion’, where latecomers stayed awake all night and slept all day during lockdown while confined to cells about 22 hours a day.
He said: ‘Staff continued to worry about periods of confinement for prisoners and how this would affect their well-being and cause boredom, bad temper and sleep inversion.’
The Prison Service said: ‘Measures to improve mental health can reduce violence, aid rehabilitation and prevent future crimes.’