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8 June 2011, 06:00 | Updated: 8 June 2011, 09:08
A surprise inspection of Whitemoor Prison in March has revealed "significant concerns".
Around 500 of the country's most dangerous prisoners are held in the Cambridgeshire jail.
Criminals must be sentenced to a minimum of four years in jail to be housed at Whitemoor, which is a high-security prison.
An unannounced inspection of the prison has revealed:
However there were some positive findings arising from the report.
Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, said: "Overall, Whitemoor was an improving prison with many strong features but some ineffective relationships between staff and prisoners remained the biggest brake on faster progress.
The most serious aspect of this was the lack of trust between black and minority ethnic and Muslim prisoners and prison staff.
The prison needs to be clear these are not acceptable failings and, with the support of the prison service nationally, demonstrate that effective action has been taken to address these concerns."
Michael Spurr, Chief Executive Officer of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), said: "I am pleased that the Chief Inspector has recognised the improvements made at Whitemoor since the last inspection and his conclusion that drug use has reduced.
It is now a safer and more secure environment.
The prison manages challenging and long-term prisoners and provides good opportunities for them to address their offending behaviour.
The Governor and his staff will work hard to tackle the areas where more improvements can be made."