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Pentonville prison 'violent and crowded' 14 Jun 2017 07:19 #3219

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The north London prison holds 1,200 inmates

A prison which has seen an inmate allegedly murdered and two others escape in the last year is overcrowded and violent, a report has found.
There were 196 assaults on staff and prisoners in a six month period at HMP Pentonville.
The north London prison is also run-down, according to HM Inspectorate of Prisons.
The report follows an inspection in January and said progress had been made, but it was still not safe enough.
Jamal Mahmoud, 21, died after being stabbed in the prison on 18 October. Two men have been charged with murder.
Nearly three weeks later, two other inmates escaped. Both have been found.
Pentonville Prison exteriorImage copyrightPA
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The inspection was carried out in January and comes after the prison was the scene of an alleged murder
The report found:
Gang behaviour at the jail is "pervasive", while drug availability was high
There had been five self-inflicted deaths since the previous inspection
One in five prisoners were on anti-psychotic medication
The escape of two prisoners in November "had exposed some weaknesses in physical security" and prompted investment in anti-drone technology, new security netting, patrol dogs and a "long overdue" programme to install replacement cell windows.
It said measures had been taken to address disorder and limit the supply of drugs, as well as improve staff-prisoner relationships.

Conditions back in December 2009 were Bad, Not surprised its now a whole lot worse, TORY GOVERNMENT CUTS ARE TO BLAME.

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