Campaigners slam Styal after report

styal-prisonoriginally published: 27th February 2009

A leading campaign group has said ‘another preventable death is inevitable’ at Styal prison unless bosses recognise the seriousness of their failings. The warning from charity group INQUEST comes after a National Offender Management Programme report said the Cheshire prison fails to meet the needs of its most vulnerable inmates.

The Keller Unit, which houses the most challenging and mentally-ill women, is criticised for using excessive force and making inmates strip as part of the prison’s care plan. Other areas of concern highlighted included: the lack of training, support and leadership; high levels of self-harm and drug use; and inadequate action plans.

Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said Styal continues to give ‘serious cause for concern’. She said: “How often does it need to be demonstrated that this prison cannot provide a safe environment for some of the most damaged women in society who quite frankly should not be in prison at all? “What is needed is a fundamental rethink, not only about Styal but in the whole approach to women who offend, and the provision of alternatives to custody.

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About Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

Zinzi Eka-Naphtali has been a volunteer with 4WardEver UK since 2007/2008. She assists with researching information and submitting them for inclusion on the website, and manages other on-line resources developed by 4WardEver and its associate organisations. 4WardEver UK was launched in 2006 by Tippa Naphtali the cousin of Mikey Powell, who died in the custody of West Midlands police, Birmingham, UK in September 2003.

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