Ruling on treatment of young offenders who staged sit in protest at Ashfield due tomorrow
A JUDGMENT concerning the treatment of seven boys at Ashfield Young Offenders Institution is due tomorrow.
The seven youths, all aged 18, claimed they were punished unlawfully at the prison based in Pucklechurch last year.
The case was heard at the High Court with lawyers asking a judge to rule on serious concerns about the treatment of detainees who were punished following a sit-in protest on a sports pitch which resulted in equipment being damaged.
Lawyers from the Howard League for Penal Reform said it was unlawful for the inmates to be punished "by awarding them additional days; subjecting them to an informal version of segregation without any safeguards; and removing privileges and rights such as restriction to education and the gym.”
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Bosses at Ashfield disputed the claims.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies’s judgment will be handed down tomorrow morning.
The Young Offenders’ Institution has been a hot topic recently after the news that it is set to become a unit for adult male sex offenders from July.