UK prison conditions branded ‘disgraceful’ by inspectors

Conditions in some UK prisons are “disgraceful” and “should not be accepted in 21st-century Britain”, inspectors said in a highly critical report published on Wednesday. Violence, drugs, suicide and self-harm, squalor and poor access to education were once again “prominent themes” in jails during the year to the end of March, said Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of prisons for England and Wales, in his annual report.He singled out conditions at the rat-infested Liverpool prison as the worst that inspectors had ever seen, while the number of self-inflicted deaths at Nottingham jail had led him to label it “fundamentally unsafe”.