Gang violence and bullying criticised in Thamesmead Isis prison report

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:20 07 May 2013

Gang-related violence and bullying are key problems at Isis Prison for young offenders in Thamesmead.

In the Independent Monitoring Board’s annual report, released yesterday, chairman David Pinchin admitted that this is a particular concern among the inmates, who are all 18 to 25 years old.

He said: “Instances of violence appear almost daily, occasionally resulting in serious injuries.

“Bullying is also common around the establishment and sometimes that is even more difficult to investigate and manage.”

Mr Pinchin also highlighted the plight of foreign prisoners kept in jail after their release date because the UK Border Agency has not made a decision about their deportation.

“It is scandalous that these men are continuing to be held in prison accommodation; it is also a waste of valuable training places.”

Concerns were also raised about prison service cutbacks, the effectiveness of the earned privileges scheme and work and education attendance.

He said: The board is concerned that any further reductions (to the prison service) could be potentially dangerous with further serious safety concerns.”

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