One of Britain’s largest prisons has been criticised in an inspection report.
The report found that new and vulnerable inmates waited up to a week for a shower; some prisoners were too frightened of others to attend religious worship; and inmates were being put in an ‘unofficial punishment’ unit.
Some inmates approaching release have found a lack of resettlement services, often having no idea of where or if they would be rehoused on release.
Swain & Co.’s specialist Prison Law team condemns this state of affairs. Prisoners deserve to be treated fairly within the safeguards of a prison, and the unofficial ‘reintegration’ unit (as named by the Prison) was said to be like a segregation unit, but did not have the safeguards of one. Prisoners were not allowed to mix with other inmates for 14 days and had no access to a radio.
Prison objectives should be to rehabilitate offenders and reduce the risk of reoffending. It can sometimes be hard to achieve this if a prisoner is subject to treatment below the minimum standards required by the Prison Service.
If you have a friend or loved one in Prison who has been or is being treated unfairly by the Prison Service, our specialist team of Prison Lawyers can help. We act on behalf of prisoners for a variety of matters such as:
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