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Youth prison put inmates in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day

Monday 11th of March 2019 | Europe, United Kingdom
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A prison for young adults has been placed in special measures by the government after it was found that inmates were locked alone in their cells for up to 23 hours a day – a practice campaigners have described as de facto solitary confinement.

Aylesbury Young Offender Institution in Buckinghamshire also kept some inmates in its segregation unit for up to three months at a stretch. The practice raised “significant concerns for their mental and physical wellbeing”, said independent monitors.

Last week the Ministry of Justice placed the prison, which holds 440 inmates, mostly aged between 18 and 21, in special measures, in a bid to improve safety and living conditions.

The move came after the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman upheld complaints on behalf of three inmates who had been segregated or locked in their cells. As a result, an internal review of Aylesbury’s segregation unit has been carried out and the prison has formally apologised to at least one of the three prisoners.

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