HMIP Inspection Report was published yesterday (23 March 2012) revealing there were serious shortcomings in terms of self-harm and suicides, no work had been done with equality, and particularly ethnic minority prisoners who remain isolated at the prison.
Perhaps the most serious, there was no real oversight of the use of force by prison officers.
These factors suggest that there is a lack of respect for the prisoners at HMP Wymott.
We all know that police and prison officers are granted ‘use of force’ against others, fundamentally we are talking about the use of violence against others in a lawful sense.
When prisons use violence against others, it is essential that it is documented to record what happened, by whom and why it happened. Management needs to oversee this.
Oversights help to establish trends, which are essential if they reveal the same small group of officers are always the ones using violence again prisoners. It will then beg questions as to why other officers in the prison can get through each day without using violence, yet the small group cannot. It could be hiding staff brutality, so is vital for Wymott, and other prisons, to take this seriously.
Prisoners have rights, and use of violence must be given serious oversight by management in prison.
Swain & Co have a specialist department for prison law, and our team of specialists promote and defend the rights of prisoners. If you have a friend or loved one that you think is the subject of excessive use of force, please call us on our free phone number 0800 0351 999.