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Violence and self-harm have increased at a youth jail, a watchdog report has warned. It found one in four boys felt unsafe at Cookham Wood young offender institution (YOI) near Rochester in Kent. Some serious incidents of violence at the facility (pictured) went without punishment due to the amount of…
The way some teenage detention centre inmates were treated in the 1970s and 1980s could be officially classed as torture, a leading child abuse lawyer has said. David Greenwood, who has acted for victims of the Rotherham abuse scandal, is calling for a public inquiry into what went on behind…
Ministers have been urged to go back to the drawing board after a damning report on the Government's shake-up of the probation service. The Tory administration faced a barrage of criticism from peers over the "devastating" findings of a watchdog into the system for managing offenders in England and Wales.…
Thousands of offenders living in the community are managed by a brief phone call every few weeks, a watchdog report has revealed. In some cases convicts are only met once before being placed on "remote supervision" by private probation providers. This can involve speaking on the phone to an officer…
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…
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…
Violence in prisons in England and Wales is continuing to surge with assaults and self-harm at record levels, official figures show. Assaults inside jails increased to a record high of 27,193 incidents in the year to June 2017, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data reveals. There were also a record number…
A report into a riot-hit jail has revealed inmates were locked up for as much as 23 hours a day and highlighted a failure to provide soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper. Scores of prisoners flooded the gangways at the Category B HMP Bedford in chaotic scenes in November 2016…
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