Owers questions force at Chelmsford

    The chief inspector of prisons, Anne Owers, has expressed
    concern over greater use of force and segregation at Chelmsford
    prison and young offender institution.

    A report on an unannounced inspection in August 2004, published
    last week, reveals a rise in the number of incidents requiring the
    use of force. Although the reasons were “not entirely apparent”,
    force had been used on young prisoners after unrest in the their
    wing.

    Inspectors also raised concerns over routine strip-searching of
    inmates in segregation and the use of strip-clothing for those in
    the special cell.

    Some segregation unit policies were “not acceptable”, the report
    adds, although these were changed during the inspection.

    Inspection reports from
    www.homeoffice.gov.uk/justice/prisons/inspprisons/inspection.html

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