London prisons at time of Mubarek’s death were a “nightmare”

    Prisons in London were a “nightmare” at the time of
    Zahid Mubarek’s murder, former director general of the Prison
    Service Martin Narey said today, writes Maria
    Ahmed
    .

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    Zahid Mubarek

    Testifying to the public inquiry into Mubarek’s death,
    Narey said Feltham Young Offender Institution had not been the only
    problem establishment in the period leading up to the killing in
    March 2000.

    He described Wormwood Scrubs as a “deeply violent and evil
    place,” and the staff culture at Wandsworth as “utterly
    reprehensible”.

    Narey added: “London was a nightmare…Holloway was in
    a permanent crisis, or very nearly unmanageable. Brixton was filthy
    with the most outrageously appalling
    healthcare. I could go on.”

    Narey, who is now chief executive of the National Offender
    Management Service, told the inquiry he suspended about 10 per cent
    of Wormwood scrubs staff for “brutality” and had to
    remove the governor of Brixton.

    He said: “Feltham…was very high on my radar, but it
    was far from the only place we were dealing with.”

    Narey also revealed that he took the up the role of director
    general of the Prison Service because “no-one else wanted the
    job”.

    Mubarek was 19-years-old when he was killed by his racist
    cellmate Robert Stewart, then also 19, at Feltham YOI in March
    2000.

    The inquiry continues.

     

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