Conditions in a men’s prison have deteriorated to the point where inmates are “crunching cockroaches underfoot”, the prison watchdog has warned, amid concerns over “chronic” staff shortages in the jail.
Inspectors visiting Bristol prison found that most residential wings were “dirty and dilapidated”, concluding that it was fundamentally unsafe for staff and prisoners, with a rate of overcrowding exceeding the institution's capacity by more than 100.
Most crime is committed by immature young men - so we should give them a break
Penelope Gibbs writes. "Under 18 year olds who get into trouble with the law are dealt with differently to adults, worldwide - both the law to which they are subject and their prisons should be specially designed for children. But when a child reaches their 18th birthday in England and Wales, they are suddenly plunged into an adult system. This "cliff-edge" no longer seems just. We now know that the brain does not mature until the age of 25 (on average) - before then many young people are as impulsive and as poor at making decisions as children."
If the government takes no notice, what is the point of government inspections?
"A new report into the desperate state of youth jails brings to mind similar findings of studies 30 years ago. Yet, nothing has changed ..."
Prison officers 'dropping like flies' to 'zombie drug' as £200,000 Spice haul found in Holme House Prison, Stockton
PRISON officers at a jail facing an escalating crisis over drugs are "dropping like flies" after inadvertently inhaling a dangerous psychoactive substance.
The Prison Officers Association (POA) said since January, Holme House Prison, Stockton has seen up to 22 Spice-related incidents, many including violence, in a single day, leaving many officers hallucinating with racing heartbeats.