Young offender institution compared to Lord of the Flies

A young offender institution in Leicestershire has been deemed “unacceptable in too many areas” by the chief prisons inspector and likened to Lord of the Flies by campaigners.

A damning report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons found almost half of the young men held at Glen Parva prison – all aged between 15 and 18 – said they had felt unsafe, while recorded levels of assaults on other prisoners and staff had risen by more than a quarter over the last year. Inmates were even committing offences to get themselves placed in segregation to feel safe.

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