Winchester Prison - Disabled Prisoners Locked Up All Day


Two elderly disabled men were locked up together at Winchester prison for almost 24 hours a day, without easy access to showers. Inspectors said the men tried to wash in their cell but nearby showers were not adapted for disabled people. A damning HM Inspectorate of Prisons report revealed the inmates' plight among a raft of "serious concerns". It said the Victorian prison "deteriorated sharply" but new governor David Rogers was tackling problems. The men, one in his mid-60s and the other in his 80s, could not work and were confined to their cell for 23-and-a-half hours a day and relied on fellow inmates to bring them meals. The cell, meant for one prisoner, had only one small window which was painted over.

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