Month: May 2015

Prison is no place for children

Today’s Guardian newspaper features two letters condemning the abuse of children in prison: a joint letter from Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s director, and Deb Coles, co-director of INQUEST; and a letter from the mother of Joseph Scholes. Sixteen year-old Joseph died in scandalous conditions in Stoke Heath young offender institution in 2002. The coroner who…

More abuse at G4S-run Rainsbrook secure training centre

On Wednesday (20 May 2015), Ofsted published the results of its unannounced inspection of the G4S-run Rainsbrook secure training centre in Northamptonshire. Inspectors rated as inadequate the safety and well-being of children. In an article for openDemocracy, Article 39’s Director reflects on the abuses within this prison across the past 10 years.