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 »
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.
Home Office confuses hours with days
The UK Home Office appears to know little about the immigration detention centres it is supposed to oversee.
It has revised figures it provided to Prison Watch UK in June showing how long UK immigration detainees are being locked in solitary confinement. It says that numbers originally labelled as days are in fact hours.
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 »