Hundreds of alleged or convicted sex offenders have been placed in a prison to tackle high levels of violence, a report has found.
Inspectors said the “deliberate policy” was aimed at “stabilising” the population at privately-run HMP Doncaster.
This had been done without adequate measures to support the men and the risk they pose, the report said.
Serco said staff had worked hard to address complex challenges.
The Prison Officers Association said increasing the number of sex offenders in jails could help reduce violence because they largely had a less volatile temperament towards staff and other inmates compared to prisoners with non-sexual offences.
Sex offenders placed in HMP Doncaster to cut levels of violence, report says
Hundreds of alleged or convicted sex offenders have been placed in a prison to help tackle high levels of violence , according to a watchdog report.
The “deliberate policy” apparently aimed at producing a “stabilising” effect was flagged up in an assessment of HMP Doncaster following an inspection in July.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) detailed how there had been a change in the profile of the jail’s population.
The number of men on remand for, or convicted of, sex offences had trebled to just over 300 at the time of the inspection.