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Young offenders' prison declared 'unsafe' in new report

A young offenders prison has been heavily criticised as "unsafe" in a new report which exposes concerns over bullying, violence and self-harm.

Glen Parva, an institution in Leicestershire, saw a 32% increase in prisoners assessed as at risk of self-harm and suicide in 2013.

Prisoners were also found to be charging other inmates "rent" for cells and threatening violence if it is not paid.

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Key findings into 'unsafe' young offenders' jail

Key findings of a 92-page report into Glen Parva young offenders' institution include:

  • A 32% increase in prisoners being assessed as at risk of self-harm and suicide in 2013
  • Direct links between bullying and and levels of self-harm
  • Assaults on prisoners had increased from 121 in 2012 to 157 in 2013
  • Violence towards staff had risen from 35 to 43
  • Use of force considered "too high" with 379 incidents in six months to the end of March

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