Prisoners given BIGGER breakfasts after moaning that portions are too small

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Convicts in stir doing porridge are calling for more, not less, of the breakfast meal.

Lags have moaned of feeling ­hungry because their breakfasts were too small.

Their packs usually consist of a packet of cereal, milk, a slice of bread, jam, ­butter, and sachets of coffee and sugar.

But now the 540 inmates at HMP Lincoln are given ­unlimited ­porridge sachets and bread each morning.

A report into ­conditions at the jail by the Independent Monitoring Board has revealed inmates at the Category B prison are now enjoying a ­filling brekkie.

It states: “Prisoners often make favourable comments about the food at Lincoln. Complaints to the Board about food are rare, with the exception that the breakfast packs are small.

Previously, prisoners were given one packet of cereal, milk, a slice of bread , jam, butter and a sachet of coffee and sugar (stock image)

 

It said: “Toasters and unlimited bread and porridge packs are now available on the wings, and are very much appreciated. This now enables prisoners on the wings to have a hot breakfast.”

In the 50s the phrase “doing ­porridge” emerged as slang for spending time in prison.

Porridge was also the title of a hit 70s sitcom, starring Ronnie Barker as habitual criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher, set in the fictional Slade jail.

Last year it was reported porridge has been “banned” in HMP Parc in Wales after an inmate claimed management objected to the oats-based dish because “it could be used to block up door locks”.

‘Doing porridge’ is slang for spending time in prison and was the title of hit 70s sitcom Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker

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G4S, which runs the prison, said ­porridge hadn’t been available there for several years but they could buy Ready Brek in the prison shop.

The Lincoln report also states prisoners are offered a good range of food at other meal times, despite a few ­problems.

It said: “The kitchen is ­managed to a consistently high standard in spite of staff shortages and frequent equipment breakdowns.

“The food is good and varied and the requirements of many religious denominations and health factors are catered for. Meals, both hot and cold, are served on time and in adequate quantities.”

The prison also has its own call centre staffed by cons, where inmates can dial up with queries about the regime.

Guards using baby monitors to keep an eye on lags

Prison guards are using baby monitors at night to check on lags and alert them when the cons need the loo or are in a vulnerable state.

Category B HMP Grendon in Bucks – home to 235 lags – lacks toilets in cells. So guards have to let lags out when they are desperate in the night.

But problems arose when guards couldn’t hear buzzers in one landing, so baby monitors were used.

A report into the prison found cell bells were not always answered by guards in the recommended three minutes at night. It also revealed glitches on the cell bell system.



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