The Archbishop of Canterbury has visited Bedford prison as part of a tour.
Justin Welby met staff, including prison chaplains and the governor, during the visit to Saint Loyes Street prison and ate lunch with the prisoners: "I ate with the prisoners and spent time chatting with them and listening."
He said: "Bedford has got a very good reputation as a prison.
"The diocese has particularly good relations with its chaplains, it works very hard at that.
"It has been really impressive," he said in Bedford Today.
The Archbishop added that during his time with the prisoners, one described the "chilled" atmosphere of the prison.
He stressed that good relations were key: "It's not that they have an easy time, anything but, but relationships with officers are good."
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