Inmates at a high-security jail have been segregated from the general prison population for as long as two years, according to a report.
Muslims make up 42% of population’ at high-security jail
A watchdog warned the regime at HMP Whitemoor was “not sufficient to prevent psychological deterioration” among those who had been held away from the main wings for prolonged periods.
Segregated inmates could only have a shower and make a phone call every other day, while the “caged” exercise yards were “grim”, inspectors found.
Segregation generally involves a prisoner being removed from association with other inmates and can be used for disciplinary reasons or for the individual’s own protection.
Inspectors found the segregation unit at Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire was nearly full, housing 28 inmates out of a capacity of 30.
The average length of stay over the previous four months had been about 28 days, according to the assessment from HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).
But it said the Independent Monitoring Board reported that in December eleven men had been held in segregation for between 11 and 25 months…