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The prisons watchdog has delivered a scathing assessment of one of Britain's most famous jails, raising the alarm over chronic staff shortages, food supplies and a surge in violence. Wormwood Scrubs struggled to provide decent conditions, with outside areas strewn with litter, attracting rats and cockroaches, inspectors found. HM Inspectorate…
Six members of G4S staff have been sacked following undercover footage showing abuse of detainees at the Brook House immigration centre, it has been revealed. The dismissals were confirmed as it was revealed that an independent inquiry commissioned by the company into events at the centre will be carried out…
Staff at an "unsafe" youth jail have been left in hospital following attacks after surging levels of violence swept through the privately run facility, an inspection report reveals. Young inmates at Oakhill secure training centre were said to be carrying improvised weapons because they do not feel safe. Watchdogs concluded…
Ministers have faced cross-party pressure to review the UK's immigration detention centres. Liberal Democrat former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey urged the Government to look at alternatives, while Labour's Dan Carden said minister Brandon Lewis was "completely wrong" to say Britain did not have a policy of indefinite detention. Mr…
Two-thirds of women held at a controversial immigration removal centre are later released into the community, a watchdog report reveals. Inspectors said the finding raised questions about the justification for detaining them at Yarl's Wood in the first place. The facility near Bedford houses adult women and family groups, as…
A specialist unit could be created for children and teenagers convicted of sex offences, a Government minister has suggested. Phillip Lee (pictured) said he had been encouraging the Ministry of Justice to examine whether the measure may be needed to hold those responsible for "dark and very troubling" crimes. He…
Women who have survived rape and violence before coming to Britain are still routinely held in immigration detention, according to a new report. Campaigners say female asylum seekers are being locked up despite the introduction last year of official guidance which was expected to reduce the number of vulnerable people…
Specialist "drying out" centres could be created to hold people who are detained while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a major review suggests. Ministers were urged to look into the viability of such facilities as an alternative to police custody or accident and emergency departments. The concept is…
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