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Winchester Prison: Inspectors Slam Conditions
Two severely disabled prisoners were locked up in a cell for nearly 24 hours a day and had not showered for months, an inspection has found.
The pair were jailed in the cell at HMP Winchester - designed for just one person - and relied on other prisoners to take them their meals, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) found.
Staff were unaware that the two older and disabled prisoners could not use the shower on their landing as it was not adapted accordingly.
The men had a small window in their cell that was painted over so they had to choose between keeping out the cold or shutting out the light, the report added.
Elsewhere, one third of the 680 prisoners told inspectors illegal drugs were "easily available", while one in 10 developed a drug habit within the jail walls.
The category B prison, partly built in the 19th century, has deteriorated sharply and is now of serious concern, Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said.
"Until shortly before the inspection, HMP Winchester was neglected and drifting," Mr Hardwick said.
"There had been pockets of good practice and, although many staff did their best, their efforts were often haphazard, inconsistent and badly coordinated."
In a damning report, the inspectorate said that more than half of prisoners had felt unsafe at some time, while there was insufficient action to tackle violence.
Mr Hardwick said a new governor was appointed shortly before the inspection.
He said: "The new leadership was aware of many of the problems and we saw early signs of a determined effort to tackle them.
"But the prison is just at the start of the process of putting things right again, and it will be a long, hard task to do so."
National Offender Management Service chief executive Michael Spurr said: "As the chief inspector acknowledges, the new governor has begun to tackle the deficiencies and I am confident that these will be properly addressed and rectified."
what do you think?
This thread highlights the 2 disable prisoners but fails to mention their crime. Typical news report really
Oh dear let's move them all into five star hotels and wait on them hand and foot. Get real a six by four foot cell basic food rations and a bucket to do the nessasary in. See how many re offend
Ahhhhh what a shame....poor criminals....i honestly couldnt careless, they should all be locked up for 23 hrs a day...
Seriously what does the government expect?! They vastly under fund prisons. We have more people in suits and less in uniform than ever!! More prisoners than ever. Every year they demand savings so jails arent maintained and more front line jobs go.
Well i suppose in these days of human rights the disabled men shuda been treated better than they were but the point is they were prisoners who obviously did the crime 2 be doin the time people get it 2easy in there because a lot of them reoffend knowing they will get sent back we shud do like the americans and put them on chain gangs doin a hard days work would put them of goin back
Appalling that the disabled get such bad treatment, but how about making it fair and making all the other prisoners have the same conditions. As Paul says, it would make people think twice about doing the crime....
I dont uderstand how the government can carry on with this war on drugs when they cant even keep them out of a maximum security prison lmao. Talk about failed or what.
A lot of people are probably there through no fault of there own but due to problems with other members of society. Some are probably innocent and others would be suffering the effects of undiagnosed physical and psychological conditions. Quite a few prison officers, politicians and even police end up in such places and I think it is right to ensure any people who shouldn't be there don't suffer unnecessarily.