Lack of fresh air “seriously detrimental” to children’s health in prison

The latest inspection report on Feltham young offender institution states many boys have less than 30 minutes daily access to fresh air. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission considered such deprivation to be “seriously detrimental to the health, development and wellbeing of growing boys”. Apparently the prison has now moved to a system of 60 … Read more

Child prison restraint manual FOI appeal

Permission has been granted for an Upper Tribunal hearing on whether the manual governing the use of restraint on imprisoned children should be made public. A version of the manual was published by the Ministry of Justice in July 2012, with 182 redactions. Within days of its publication, Article 39’s Director made a freedom of … Read more

Youth justice review to include safeguarding in custody

The terms of reference of the youth justice review established by Justice Secretary Michael Gove have been published. Arrangements to safeguard young people, and manage behaviour, are listed as areas to be considered. The Justice Secretary announced the review last week, on 11 September, explaining: “We need to consider whether the current system, which was … Read more

When did government stop keeping tally on prisoner compensation?

In a reply to a parliamentary question from Conservative MP Phillip Davies, prisons minister Andrew Selous says the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) no longer keeps track of compensation payments made to prisoners for, among other things, assaults and medical negligence. Details of such claims were last released to parliament in September 2010 and showed … Read more

Win for child protection: huge child prison axed

The prisons minister, Andrew Selous, has confirmed in an answer to a parliamentary question that the government will not be pressing ahead with building a huge child prison in Leicestershire. Legislation was passed last year that would have permitted the detention of children aged 12-17 years in ‘secure colleges’ – large prisons staffed by custody … Read more