Children in prison in England & Wales suffer state-sanctioned abuse

New report on restraint, segregation & strip searching of children in prison

Source: Howard League for Penal Reform

Source: Howard League for Penal Reform

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Child prisoners in England & Wales are subject to unlawful restraint, extended solitary confinement and random strip-searches according to a new report by the Howard League for Penal Reform

The Carlile Inquiry 10 years on says that the “illegal, systemic, physical abuse of children, sanctioned by the state” continues a decade after an independent inquiry by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC called for reforms. Read the rest of this entry »


Doncaster Prison ‘certainly cannot be allowed to get any worse’

Prisoners too frightened to leave their cells

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HMP Doncaster: “This report describes a very poor prison”

 

The Serco-run HMP Doncaster has come under heavy fire in the latest HMP Inspectorate of Prisons report. Too many prisoners reported feeling unsafe and were at risk of violence or self-harm.

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Solitary confinement in the UK in the words of prisoners and staff

Descriptions of the system from the inside 

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

 

We did a post a couple of weeks ago about the solitary confinement of prisoners in Britain. We wrote about the damage to both their physical and mental health caused by long periods in segregation units and Close Supervision Centres (CSC).

But now prisoners and staff tell the story in their own words.

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What you need to know about solitary confinement in prisons in England & Wales

Segregation units harm both mental and physical health 

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

 

Prisoners held in solitary confinement in England and Wales are kept in hopeless enclosed spaces that can damage both their physical and mental health. A disproportionate number of inmates are Muslim and some are mere teens. Many stays are short, but some are held for years at an annual cost of £100,000.

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Prisons in the press – 2 October

Jamaican jails, illegal letter opening and solitary confinement 

Halden Prison art work. Source: Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg Time.com

Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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Five British prisoners who committed suicide in solitary confinement

The human cost of prison segregation units 

Source: Chris Grey on Flickr

Source: Chris Grey on Flickr

 

A prisoner with a history of depression and self-harm held in a segregation unit asked a guard for a book to occupy himself, but was told he could not have as the prison was on night watch. He was found dead in the morning.

Unfortunately his tragic case is not an isolated one. Last week we learnt that suicides among British prisoners held in solitary confinement are at their highest in nearly a decade. Read the rest of this entry »


Solitary confinement suicides in British prisons at 9-year high

More prisoners held in segregation units are taking their own lives

Source: Wikimedia

Source: Wikimedia

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Suicides among British prisoners held in solitary confinement are at their highest in nearly a decade. Many who have taken their own lives were identified by prison authorities as being at risk of self-harm or suicide. Read the rest of this entry »