source: Guardian (Society)
published: 9 February 2022
Inmates held in a women’s prison are making 1,000 calls a month to Samaritans amid record levels of self-harm, increased violence and low safety levels usually only seen in men’s facilities, a damning report has found.
Nearly a third of women held at Foston Hall in Derbyshire, which holds 272 residents, told inspectors they felt unsafe, while the use of force in the prison has doubled over nearly three years and is the highest on the women’s prison’s estate.
The women’s prison and youth offender institute is the first to be given a score of “poor” – the lowest – for the safety of female prisoners, since HM Inspectorate of Prisons developed its current framework more than a decade ago.
The findings, in an official report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, have prompted calls for the government to abandon plans to build more women’s prison places. Nearly three-quarters of female prisoners have committed non-violent offences.
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