Prisoners left in 'squalid' cells, daming report reveals

Prisoners were left exposed to the elements in “squalid” cells with windows missing glass, a highly critical report has revealed.

A programme of window repairs was reported at a previous inspection of HMP/YOI Swinfen Hall in 2014.

But HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said the work had only started in October last year and was due to be completed this month.

As a result, most of the 180 cells on three wings had windows without glass, according to the watchdog.

The findings sparked claims of a “national emergency” across the jail estate.

HMP/YOI Swinfen Hall in Staffordshire is a young offender institution and

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