Struggling prison spends £10,000 to teach inmates how to click fingers and stamp their feet to songs like Pharrell Williams’ Happy’ to help manage their anger

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A struggling prison in the UK is spending nearly £10,000 on teaching inmates how to stamp their feet and click their fingers.

Prisoners at the HMP Dartmoor in Devon are being taught how to use their bodies to manage their anger through a ‘body percussion’ programme, according to The Sun.

Struggling prison spends �10,000 to teach inmates how to click fingers and stamp their feet to songs like Pharrell Williams

The inmates take part in the class to songs such as Happy by Pharrell Williams  and Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake.

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said the deal for ‘cognitive-based therapy workshops’ has cost the prison £9,600.

The Prison Service told The Sun that schemes such as this one ‘help cut crime.’ 

The prisoners are taught to use different body parts to create music, such as clapping their hands or slapping their thighs.

A Labour source told the outlet: ‘Our prison system is in total chaos. This move beggars belief and would be laughable if the Tories weren’t utterly incapable of keeping the public safe.’

HMP Dartmoor was found to not provide inmates with adequate living conditions and prisoners were found to be locked in their cells for too long. 

It was also discovered that the Category C jail was not providing inmates with sufficient education and work opportunities.

According to MoJ, the rate of assaults in prisons was 285 assaults per 1,000 prisoners, which is up by 9 percent from the 12 months to June 2022.

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