Convicts are building their own retail park stocked with clothes and toiletries

Lags are building their own retail park stocked with clothes, toiletries and arts and crafts to help them develop skills.

Six shops will be staffed by inmates at the prison which houses some of the nation’s most dangerous women.

The aim is to give them experience in the retail sector.

Foston Hall jail near Derby, home to Louise Porton who is serving life for murdering her two daughters, also has its own hairdressing salon.

The shopping park is featured in an inspection report by the Independent Monitoring Board.

Inspectors said: “The concept of the retail unit, which is under construction, is to develop prisoners’ skills in construction work, retailing and finance, and to foster links with local businesses.

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“Unfortunately this project has experienced delays but, once up and running, should provide relevant work experience for prisoners.

"I am delighted with the project so far and I hope it will help turn people’s lives around.’’

The cons will use cash sent in by family and friends or earned by working to buy goods.

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