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With its sea views, fitness suite and the latest in home entertainment Warren Hill sounds like the kind of place you'd enjoy booking into for a relaxing break.
Little wonder then that the Suffolk jail's 'guests' - the most violent young criminals in Britain - keep making a return visit.
An outraged former worker at the prison yesterday sought to expose the 'holiday camp' lifestyle enjoyed by its inmates, who include teenage rapists, killers, burglars and drug dealers.
Offenders have access to a 50in plasma TV, violent computer games, the latest gym equipment and can even choose fluffy toilet seat covers for en-suite bathrooms in their cells.
The juveniles are allowed to pick their own duvet covers and rugs in their 10ft by 8ft single rooms, many of which have sea views.
In addition, they can purchase products from an Argos catalogue. The insight came from Helen Stanmore, 52, a former substance misuse worker at the prison in Hollesley, near Woodbridge.
She said: 'I used to be shocked by how many creature comforts the prisoners were given. It is a life of Riley.
'They get the most hi-tech stuff. It's like a seafront arcade. It is a holiday camp, not a prison. They have a better life in there than they have outside.
'These people lead a millionaire lifestyle with everything on a plate. They even have education like private schools, with classes of six pupils to one teacher.
'I used to call them boomerangs because they just kept coming back. I'd say around 75 per cent re-offended.
'I would sit down with them and say "Not you again" and they'd give me a sheepish grin and say they thought they were going to get away with it this time.'
Miss Stanmore said inmates, who are aged between 15 and 18, are allowed 14in televisions and PlayStation games consoles in their cells. A 50in plasma screen is laid on in the communal area, which was also kitted out with a Nintendo Wii on the day the console was released in Britain.
She said she had seen offenders playing violent games including boxing - with prisoners fighting each other on-screen - and Doom, a violent 'shoot-'em-up' in which the player carries a vast array of powerful weapons to shoot enemies.
Miss Stanmore added that racing games were widely available and were played by youths inside for motoring offences like joyriding.
'The fitness suite is second-to-none, with weight machines, treadmills, cross-trainers and piped music or the MTV satellite music channel,' she added. 'Some kids would arrive weak and puny after committing a crime and would leave looking like muscle men.'
Drugs were a way of life in the prison, the divorcee added, with supplies thrown over the prison fence. She claimed cannabis was the most popular drug and described one prison officer dismissing the problem by telling her: 'If they have cannabis it keeps my night-shift quiet.'
Warren Hill holds 222 offenders, with those inside for the most sickening offences placed in the 30-bed Carlford Unit. Inmates included a teenager who had raped an 85-year-old woman and another boy who raped his adoptive parents' eight-year-old twin boys.
Miss Stanmore worked at the prison for four years but left her £22,000-a-year post in March after a terrifying ordeal in which she was pinned against a wall by an inmate.
She decided to speak out after reading how £100,000 of taxpayers' money had been paid in compensation to prisoners over the past four years.
'Everyone is terrified of doing something that will bring some sort of legal action against them,' she said. 'The system has forgotten about punishing these criminals. It is all about appeasing them.'
In 2004, the young offender institution axed a £130,000-a-year scheme to teach inmates job-hunting skills after spending thousands of pounds on a climbing wall, computer games and go-karts.
Anger management sessions were also cut but bongo drumming classes were kept.
The Prison Service claimed Warren Hill was 'anything but soft' and said prisoners would lose access to privileges if they failed to demonstrate good behaviour.
A spokesman added: 'The punishment of the court is a loss of liberty by being sent to prison, which combines tough regimes with the opportunity of rehabilitation.'
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