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Sunday, September 27, 2015

HMP Whitemoor holds prisoner in segregation unit for two-and-a-half-years....

HMP Whitemoor

An inmate at a maximum-security prison has been kept in segregation for two-and-a-half years, according to a report.

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Whitemoor revealed that it detained seven of the 24 prisoners held in segregation for more than six months across England's high-security jails as of June 1st this year. 

Inspectors said a staffing "merry-go-round" meant inexperienced staff were needed to work on the segregation unit and management was "poor".

Prison rules enable a governor to arrange for a prisoner to be segregated - kept away from other inmates - for up to 72 hours before seeking authorisation from the secretary of state. Inmates can be segregated if they are deemed to be in danger, to prevent danger to other prisoners or as punishment for disruptive behaviour.

The IMB cited a United Nations protocol which defines solitary confinement for more than 22 hours a day as torture and said many inmates in segregation at the Cambridgeshire jail were often confined for longer.

The report, covering the year to May 2015, said: "Although often faced with challenging prisoners, requiring officers to get into and out of personal protection equipment, on most days staff were able to offer a full regime.

"It was not however unusual for some curtailment to be necessary, meaning that residents might miss showers, corporate worship, phone calls and exercise. At its worst, for example on 10 occasions in April, the Seg (segregation unit) had to be locked down."

The regime in place was "much the same" as that which HM Inspectorate of Prisons found in 2011 to be "inadequate", inspectors added.

"One of the other problems noted by Inspectors was the poor management arrangements for the Seg. Whilst there have been definite improvements, with greater adherence to procedures and standards, and consistency of decision-making, new prison-wide staffing arrangements meant that the custody manager responsible for the Seg was more frequently away from the unit, for example acting as orderly officer, managing detail or on nights," the report said.

"We do not blame Whitemoor managers for this merry go-round, which results from centrally-imposed staffing norms."

A high-profile terrorist prisoner recently won a legal challenge at the UK's highest court against his segregation at HMP Whitemoor.

Kamel Bourgass, an Algerian who is serving 17 years for conspiracy to commit public nuisance by using poisons or explosives in relation to the 2002 Ricin terrorist plot, was segregated for extended periods.

The Supreme Court ruled in July his confinement, for periods or more than a month, was unlawful beyond the initial 72-hour period.

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THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

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ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).

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