Next time someone says prison is a holiday camp for criminals, show them these pictures.
Wednesday October 11th 2017
A pile of rubbish discovered by inspectors at HMP Liverpool When prisons are so filthy and overcrowded, and when support for prisoners and staff is in such short supply, it should surprise no one that drug abuse is rife. Where there are drugs there is debt, and where there is debt there is violence.
A cockroach scuttles near the rubbish on a landing in Liverpool prison. The servery in Wormwood Scrubs is caked in filth and grime from the night before.
In Birmingham, food is laid out on the table, only inches away from an unscreened toilet. Cardboard covers the shattered glass in a window in Swinfen Hall.
A bloody handprint on the wall of a cell in Erlestoke distracts the viewer from the broken furniture below.
Every picture tells a story.
Taken together, these photographs chart the decline of the prison system, which has deteriorated more rapidly and more profoundly in recent years than any other public service in England and Wales.
The photographs, published yesterday, were all taken by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons on visits conducted since 2014. In that time, the number of people dying in prison, and the number of incidents of self-injury and violence, have risen to record highs.
The Howard League for Penal Reform has been monitoring prison conditions for more than 150 years.
Caging people in squalor with nothing to do all day is never going to help them become law-abiding citizens on release. And yet this is precisely what is happening.
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