Prisoner held in segregation for two-and-a-half years
26 September 2015
From the section UK
An inmate at Whitemoor Prison has been held in segregation for two-and-a-half years, it has emerged.
Some 24 offenders in high-security jails had been segregated for more than six months on 1 June, Whitemoor’s Independent Monitoring Board said.
Prisoners can be segregated for their protection, as punishment or to prevent trouble. But the measure should be used as a “last resort”, regulations say.
The Prison Service said segregation played an “important role”.
‘Complex to manage’
In its report, the Independent Monitoring Board said most prisoners in segregation “were complex to manage, either in terms of compliance or in respect of getting them back onto mainstream accommodation.”
It said seven of the 24 prisoners who had been held in segregation for six months or more were at Whitemoor, Cambridgeshire.
BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the case of a prisoner being held for two-and-a-half years – at various segregation …read more
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