United Kingdom: Anti-torture experts sound alarm over spiralling prison violence

A new report from anti-torture experts raises the alarm about spiralling violence in Britain’s jails.

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) expresses deep concern about “severe generalised violence” in a number of United Kingdom prisons and says that none of the jails visited by its delegation last year could be considered safe for prisoners or staff.

The report confirms that chronic overcrowding in the UK prison system has a negative effect on many aspects of prison life, with a considerable number of prisoners spending up to 22 hours per day – and sometimes more – locked in their cells.

Inadequate safeguards to protect patients in mental health settings are also highlighted in the report, which makes recommendations for improvements to the UK authorities.

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