Number of most dangerous prisoners in special units doubles

Prison Detention Barbed Wiresource: The Guardian
published: 25 August 2015

The number of the most dangerous male prisoners in England being held in a special “jail within a jail” system has doubled over the past decade, inspectors have revealed.

The first thematic inspection report of the system of close supervision centres in high-security prisons since 2006 also found more than half of those held in special conditions are Muslim and about a third are from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.

The report, published on Tuesday by the chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, says about 60 of the most dangerous and most disruptive men in the English prison system are held in close supervision.

This is twice the number seen in August 2005, when the inspectors last looked at the system as a whole.

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