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What conditions should prisoners be kept in? Have your say
11:11am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
AFTER a report earlier this week slammed Pentonville Prison for being “grim and squalid”, we ask what conditions do you think convicts should be kept in?
The independent monitoring board for the north London jail found the physical environment was “a reproach to 21st-century Britain”.
The report stated: “Cells usually accommodate two prisoners who must eat, sleep and use a barely screened toilet in each other’s company in a space 13ft by eight.”
Earlier this year News Shopper reported on an inspection of the Thameside private prison next to Belmarsh.
Among its criticisms was inmates’ time out of cell being very limited, with 60 per cent of prisoners locked up during the working day, and some spending 23 hours a day in their cells.
When someone has been convicted of a crime and sent to prison, what conditions do you think they should expect? Would do you think should qualify as decent accommodation and surroundings for convicts? What activities should prisoners be allowed to take part in and what luxuries or home comforts should they been given?
What rights should prisoners have regarding their care inside? Is looking after inmates well in good quality prisons more or less likely to be a deterrent to future offending?
Add your comments below.
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