INMATES at an open prison known for its relaxed regime have been smuggling women into their cells for overnight stays, a court heard.
Drugs and mobile phones were also said to be "rife" at HMP Hollesley Bay in Suffolk.
The claims were made by a former inmate who went on the run from the Category D jail and carried out six burglaries before he was caught three weeks later.
Lee Chapman (34) said he absconded because he was unable to cope with the easy-going approach to rules at the 380-inmate prison, nicknamed Holiday Bay. He had been serving a life sentence for burglary and arson. He was moved to Hollesley Bay in September after spending 17 years in higher security jails.
As he was is sentenced to two years for the burglaries, Ipswich Crown Court heard how Chapman described emerging from his cell and seeing three women who had spent the night at the prison. (©Daily Telegraph, London)