A young offenders institution (YOI) has been criticised for its "extremely high" use of restraint on detainees.By anyone we should pay any attention to whatsoever?
The Howard League for Penal Reform said there had been an almost nine-fold rise in restraint used in a year at Ashfield YOI.Ah. Answered that question.
Where non-compliance was used as the reason for restraint, a small sample that was analysed backed up managers' assertions that it was used to prevent fights escalating between young people.Isn’t that a good thing? It certainly seems to have been a concern of the bleeding hearts…
"In five of six months, failure to obey staff instructions was frequently recorded as the issue leading to the use of force," said Ms Crook.Make up your mind, love! Either the guards go hands off and the inmates beat the living daylights out of each other, or they restrain the little darlings to stop them from beating the living daylights out of each other.
"Only three years ago the institution recorded more than 600 attacks on inmates in one year - the highest number of every jail, including adults, in the country.
"This jail has a history of failing children and the public."
Which is it? Or would you rather they weren’t locked up at all? Probably.
But that’d put you at odds with…well, a lot of those inmates:
Staff at Ashfield said many boys did not want to be released when they came to the end of their sentences and some were not welcomed back by their families.YCMIU…
Ashfield's deputy director Gary Willding said: "We had one incident when a group of young people who had left Ashfield went straight to the car park, broke into staff cars and then waited to be arrested, just to get back within custody."
H/T: CJ Nerd via email