Young Offenders prison News release..

4.9.2000

The Howard League thanks local MP for backing call for an enquiry into abuse at young offenders prison

The director of the Howard League for Penal Reform publicly thanked local Lib Dem MP, Edward Davey for supporting their campaign for an investigation into staff behaviour at Portland Prison.

Mr Davey signed an early day motion (EDM 200) in the House of Commons which called upon the prison authorities to investigate allegations into the abuse of young offenders at the prison. Since the EDM was tabled, a dossier of allegations covering a 14 year period has been sent to the director general of the prison service in which it clearly shows that a regime of violence has been in place at the prison during this period. Police have also begun an investigation into the claims.

Commenting on the Howard League’s campaign, Edward Davey said,

"My respect for the Howard League is immense. Their role in exposing wrong doings in our prisons improvements is central in ensuring that basic human rights in the jails in this country are maintained.

In this case, a system of brutality appears to have been fostered over many years at Portland young offenders prison. With a little help from MPs from all parties, the Howard League have successfully ensured that this matter is now being investigated by the police.

Without their diligence, many more young people would have been subjected to an appalling catalogue of abuse and they must be congratulated for their work.

I now hope that the Government fully implements their suggestions to improve the protection of young inmates to ensure that this situation is never repeated."

 

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