Prison Service using court cells overnight

Serious concerns about housing inmates in court cells during the height of the jail overcrowding crisis were raised by watchdogs today.

The chief inspector of prisons, Anne Owers, and the inspector of court administration, Eddie Bloomfield, criticised the Prison Service’s decision to keep inmates in court buildings for a weekend.

Facilities were inadequate and some prisoners in the middle of a trial had to reappear in court wearing clothes they had slept in, they said in their report on the overcrowding response.

Prison Service warned to stop using court cells overnight | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk

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