Category: Child prisons

Independent board says child prison “inhumane”

The Independent Monitoring Board for Cookham Wood juvenile young offender institution says conditions there are “inhumane”. Reflecting on 312 visits made to the prison between August 2016 and July 2017, the Board’s annual report states: “Keeping boys with very severe mental health difficulties at Cookham Wood is inhumane: they cannot be properly supported here with…

Solitary confinement of child ruled unlawful

The Howard League for Penal Reform has won a very important legal case, which should protect child prisoners from prolonged solitary confinement without regular reviews and education. The charity intends to appeal the judge’s decision that the child’s isolation for more than 100 days did not amount to inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. Carolyne…