Black inmates tell inspectors of racism at Castington young offender institution

Many black and minority ethnic young people at Castington young offender institution claim they have experienced racism, according to a report by the chief inspector of prisons published today.

The report on the inspection from 12 to16 June found that juveniles from BME communities claimed they were not treated fairly by staff.

Only 20 per cent of staff had been trained in diversity and promotion of race awareness in the YOI was “poor”.

Overall, Castington was found to be performing well in most areas including safety and safeguarding, anti-bullying and suicide and self-harm.

Work with young adult lifers was found to be “effective,” but resources were “severely stretched”.

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