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A judge has strongly critcised a privately-run prison for young offenders near Bristol over the punishment handed out to seven teenage inmates. It follows a disturbance at Ashfield, in Pucklechurch, which is run by Serco on behalf of the government
The Howard League for Penal Reform say the prison "overreacted" at what they call a minor incident.
The owners of a privately run young offenders institute say the correct procedures were not carried out when they punished seven boys who staged a protest over living conditions.
A High Court today ruled the punishment of the boys was unlawful.
Read Serco's full statement below:
A High Court has ruled that boys at a young offenders institute in Bristol were unlawfully punished.
Seven boys at the privately owned Ashfield prison made the claim after they were punished following a protest against living conditions in their wing.
A high court judge is expected to rule today on the case of seven inmates at a young offenders institute in Bristol.
The 18-year-olds at Ashfield in Pucklechurch claim they were treated unlawfully by the prison.
It's run by the company Serco. The case was heard in December and a judgement is expected today.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies's judgment will be handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.