THIS is Britain’s “Paedo Alcatraz” prison home to Gary Glitter and 580 vile sex offenders – where lags can play giant chess and sit admiring a pond full of koi carp.
HMP The Verne underwent a huge £3.3million refurbishment several years ago to create a cushy Category C jail for perverts.
77Paedo Glitter has been serving at HMP The VerneCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd7The Verne has a gym trail and pond stocked with huge coy carpCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd7It also has picnic tables and a giant chess setCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdPrisoners are allowed to walk freely around their wing 24 hours a day and can make TV and coffee in their cells using their own facilities.
The large gardens boast an astroturf football pitch for five-a-side kickabouts, a giant chess set for inmates to play on and an ornamental pond filled with foot-long expensive koi carp.
There is also a farm area where lags can grow flowers and look after ducks as they serve their prison sentence.
Prisoners at the cushy jail, on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, also have 20-inch flatscreen TVs and personal trainers who take them for fitness sessions in the prison gym.
It is understood there is also a sex offender treatment programme.
The Sun revealed how Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, had been moved to the luxury jail.
And we told how the depraved paedo will be free in just weeks after serving half of his sentence.
The singer was caged in 2015 for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
But the jail isn’t all fun and games and Glitter was reportedly left in tears after being booed off stage during a karaoke session.
The Leader Of The Pack singer performed some of his biggest hits to fellow lags but they chanted “off, off, off” at him, Daily Star reports.
HMP The Verne was turned into an immigration removal centre in 2013 and ran until 2017 when it was converted back to a prison.
‘LIKE A HOLIDAY CAMP’
It is now run as a Category C Training Prison for Men Convicted Of Sexual Offences.
The Ministry of Justice spent millions on renovating the lino flooring and repainting the doors to the individual cells in pastel shades of green, red, purple and grey, to “brighten up” the wings.
Parts of the jail have been converted for people with disabilities including lifts, widened cells, and wet room washing facilities.
Prisoners must have a minimum of 12-months sentence remaining to be admitted.
A source told The Sun: “It’s like a holiday camp in there. To think some of these people have raped children, the public would be disgusted to see how they live.
“Because it’s all sex offenders together they feel safe and there is no trouble.
“They are given special privileges because they are older prisoners who are deemed to be well behaved.”
7A cell within the jailCredit: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons7Prisoners can walk freely around their wings 24 hours a dayCredit: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons7The Verne was used as an immigration removal centre but now houses pervertsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
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