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Subject: Lincoln Prison's 'execution yard'

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/20/10 at 4:53 pm

An exercise area at Lincoln Prison was described as an "execution yard" in a handbook for Russian-speaking inmates.

The alarming translation error in the information booklet at the prison was picked up following a surprise visit by prison inspectors, reports Metro.

A report by the chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, suggested that, in future, "the accuracy of translated material should be verified".

The Victorian prison, which was the scene of a serious riot in 2002, was making "slow progress" and was in a poor physical condition, the report's authors added.

The external environment was dirty, cells contained a large amount of graffiti and the segregation unit was dirty and unbearably hot in summer.

Two prisoners shared cells designed for one and some toilets were unscreened.

Mr Hardwick said: "This follow-up inspection shows that progress continues to be made - but too slowly."

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