Stoke Heath inmates report victimisation

More than a quarter of young adults claim they have been
victimised by the staff at Stoke Heath young offender

An inspection report by the chief inspector of prisons, published
this week, criticises “insufficiently robust” management and
implementation of anti-bullying, suicide, self-harm and child
protection procedures at the YOI.

It also finds that children were routinely held in special and
unfurnished cells for more than six hours at a time, while young
adults were held for more than 12 hours. It says the cells were
“unfit” for holding difficult and vulnerable young people.

The report raises concerns that children could go for up to six
months without physical contact with visiting parents if there was
any suspicion they might bring in drugs.

Young prisoners could be subjected to periods of up to three months
of closed visits which may be renewed.

This practice is described as “unaceptable” and the report calls
for it to end immediately.

The report also finds more than half of young adults aged 18-21
years were locked in their cells at any time and dismisses
education provision as “unsatisfactory”.

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