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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…
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…
Appalling levels of suicide and self-harm behind bars are a "damning indictment" of the state of prisons, a Commons committee has warned. In a highly critical assessment, MPs argued there are "deep-rooted failures" in the management of prisoners' mental well-being. The deteriorating prison estate and long-standing under-staffing have created an…
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…
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…
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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