Damning inspection describes hundreds of men 'exposed to the elements' in violent, drug-infested prison

Inmates at a violent and drug-infested English prison have been locked away for years in “squalid” cells with no glass in the windows, a damning new report shows.

An official inspection of crumbling HMP Swinfen Hall in Staffordshire found hundreds of lags left “exposed to the elements” while locked in “cramped, dirty cells”.

The inmates – all young men aged 18 to 25 – were allowed to shower only once every four days and issued with “dirty and ill-fitting” clothes, the report found.

Violence has soared as a result of the “extremely poor conditions”, with prisoners being assaulted nearly every

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