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  1. Ronke Phillips: Senior Correspondent

'Hostile staff and high drug use' at Pentonville prison

A damning prison report describes Pentonville as "seriously overcrowded", with hostile staff and high drug use among inmates. Unannounced HMIP inspection of Pentonville found vermin infestation, broken windows and high numbers of inmates on suicide watch.

Pentonville Prison Credit: Press Association

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Drug use in jail 'reflects society'

Almost one in eight prisoners have illegal drugs in their system and another one in five are taking methadone, a jail watchdog has said.

Life behind bars for the 1,260 inmates at Pentonville Prison is "a microcosm of society outside", David Miller, chairman of the Victorian-era jail's independent monitoring board (IMB) said.

Problems of mental illness, drug abuse and educational failure are concentrated and made starkly visible.

– David Miller
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