Young offenders locked up for nearly 24 hours in UK prisons in breach of human rights law, report reveals

British young offenders have suffered “inhuman and degrading treatment” due to being locked up for nearly 24 hours at a time, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, a damning new report has warned.

Published by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), which is part of the 47-nation Council of Europe, the report raised “deep concerns” about violence, overcrowding and solitary confinement in both Young Offenders Institutions (YOIs) and adult prisons.

It found that on occasion juveniles were being held in conditions “akin to solitary confinement” for up to 80 days for reasons of “discipline and good order”, while others were regularly held for 30 days or

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