Feltham Young Offender Institution ‘unacceptably violent’

An inspector found high use of batons by staff in a young offender institution and due to this it was labeled “unacceptably violent”. May be many legal documents will be filled in to review the situation.

A report points out that at least two fights happen in Feltham Prison and Young Offender Institution, in west London every day. Some of them have serious consequences for the health of those involved.

Andrew Neilson, director of campaigns at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said the report was nothing special.

“If you want to see the effects of keeping hundreds of troubled boys cooped up in a prison, you need look no further than Feltham.”

Feltham consists of two parts. Feltham A deals with children and young people of about 16 years old, while Feltham B deals with those aged 18 to 21.

Nick Hardwick, chief inspector of prisons, shared his view that staff in Feltham did not know how to prevent the incidents happening there.

People working there faced many challenges so they often tempted to use either isolation or batons, which are both cruel and unacceptable methods when talking about children.

Mr Hardwick added that staff struggled hard to cope with these naughty young people.

Inspectors asked the young people there how did they feel and the response was that they were seriously frightened for their health.

Another thing mentioned in the report is the fact that emergency cell bells were not answered quickly in case of self-harming.

National Offender Management Service (Noms) chief Michael Spurr told the programme that its is pretty difficult to cope with such troubled and challenging people.

Former prisoner Aaron French told the BBC he had become a witness to violence there.

“Me and about six other guys, we spent our days going round prison cleaning up mess, cleaning up the blood spills, suicides, sex offenders being burnt with kettle water and sugar and things like that,” he said.