Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Prison Chief Says Youth Custody Is So Unsafe That "Tragedy Is Inevitable"

Peter Clarke speaking on the BBC
Peter Clarke, the UK's Chief Inspector of Prisons, yesterday stated his deeply worrying view that youth custody is so unsafe that we should expect that "tragedy is inevitable".  Before being appointed to his current post of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke was a highly respected police commander.  As a Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke was the head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch. When a respected figure like Peter Clarke says there is serious cause for concern there is !

BBC report by Danny Shaw, 18/7/17:  Youth custody centres in England and Wales are so unsafe that a "tragedy" is "inevitable", the chief inspector of prisons has said.  Peter Clarke wrote to ministers earlier this year, after what he says was such a "staggering" decline in standards. Launching his annual report, he said not a single establishment inspected was safe to hold young people.

Mr Clarke said prisons for men had also become worse over the past year with "startling" increases in violence.  "Far too often I have seen men sharing a cell in which they are locked up for as much as 23 hours a day, in which they are required to eat all their meals, and in which there is an unscreened lavatory." But he said the "most concerning" findings emerged from inspections of young offender institutions and secure training centres, which hold about 770 under 18-year-olds. 

Peter Clarke in successive annual reports has constantly highlighted safety issues for staff and prisoners. The Havering Witness would like to know if prisons are unsafe for staff then why was Havering College considered a safe place to enrol young offenders ?   

Yesterday's BBC Report on concerns of Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons

2016 BBC report - "Prisons Unacceptably Violent" says Peter Clarke

HM Inspector of Prisons Web-site Where Annual Reports Can Be Read

Havering College Scandal involved Youth Offenders !!

"Irish Fenian" family joined Havering Conservatives in build-up to Havering College Scandal

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