CONDITIONS in one of Britain’s most notorious prisons are returning to Victorian squalor, violence and rat infestation, inspectors said yesterday.
A scathing report by the Inspectorate of Prisons showed that Wormwood Scrubs in London had seen a deterioration in safety and increased violence and use of force.
It also revealed that since the prison’s release resettlement service was privatised, the number of prisoners discharged into homelessness has shot up from 5 per cent to 40 per cent.
Responsibility for resettling discharged prisoners has been handed to profiteering London Community Rehabilitation Company.
The report said that most prisoners were locked in their cells for over 22 hours a day.
“It is especially concerning that, only a year after a successful, high-performing, public probation service was dismantled for profit, provision has deteriorated to the extent that two in five men released from Wormwood Scrubs are being made homeless,” said Howard League for Penal Reform chief executive Frances Crook.