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 … Read more
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. It was deeply disappointing, however, that the High Court did not also find that the child’s isolation for more than 100 days did not amount to inhuman and … Read more
The inquest into the death of Daniel Adewole starts today in Maidstone, Kent. Daniel, aged 16, died in Cookham Wood child prison on 4 July 2015. He was the 34th child to die in prison custody since 1990, the year the UK signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires that … Read more
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture yesterday released its analysis of how well the UK complies with the anti-torture treaty we ratified in 1988, in relation to both adult and child detainees. Committee members visited the UK last year. A child prison in Kent, Cookham Wood young offender institution (YOI), was one of … Read more
Article 39’s Director has an article published today, about investigating non-recent abuse in child prisons, on the Guardian Social Care’s site. Read the article.