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27-Year-Old Female Prison Officer, Charged For Dating Inmate

A 27-year-old female prison officer has been charged to court for having an inappropriate relationship with a serving at HMP Deerbolt.

Sutherland spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth during the five-minute hearing.

She was granted unconditional bail by District Judge Tim Capstick to appear at Teesside Crown Court on December 6.

HMP Deerbolt is a Category C prison – meaning that it is for: “Those who cannot be trusted in open conditions but who are unlikely to try to escape.”

It holds around 500 prisoners aged between 18-21 generally serving sentences of about four years.

Separately, staff took the decision earlier this year to photocopy all letters and photos coming into the prison after they discovered some were soaked in drugs.

Mates of the prisoners were spraying the post with liquid spice which could then be rolled up and smoked or sold on inside the jail.

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