Sex offenders in prison get fish tanks to help ‘keep them calm’ behind bars

A jail which houses 750 sex ­offenders has introduced fish tanks on the wings to help keep inmates calm.

The prison – which once held perverted children’s TV star Rolf Harris – also has other animals such as pygmy goats, chickens and beehives.

Inmates have launched their own ­honey brand called Bee-spoke Honey which they plan to sell to raise cash.

And lags, usually allowed to spend just £25 a month, can blow £100 celebrating their birthdays behind bars in style.

A report into HMP Stafford by the Independent Monitoring Board says: “The residential environment was ­enhanced by the introduction of fish tanks on a number of wings which gave a level of responsibility to some residents and was welcomed by all."

One resident commented: "It makes you calm just looking at them.

"The introduction of two pygmy goats, Stan and Olly, who starred on the HMP Stafford 2019 Christmas card, and chickens, as well as giving experience of animal husbandry to residents, were effective in providing support to those with depression, anxiety, and other conditions."

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Jail bosses last year introduced a scheme for inmates to spend extra cash on items such as toiletries, e-cigs, food and treats including cakes and crisps.

Lags spent hours in the workshop making outdoor play apparatus for the goats.

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