New report on restraint, segregation & strip searching of children in prison
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 »
Prisoners too frightened to leave their cells
Descriptions of the system from the inside
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.
Jamaican jails, illegal letter opening and solitary confinement
Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.
The human cost of prison segregation units
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 »
More prisoners held in segregation units are taking their own lives
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 »