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Drug-ad­dled in­mates ‘roamed jail like zom­bies’

- By Ian Drury Home Af­fairs Edi­tor Crime · Society · United Kingdom · Birmingham (England) · United Kingdom Ministry of Justice

Con­di­tions at one of Bri­tain’s biggest jails re­sem­bled a ‘war zone’ with dru­gad­dled in­mates wan­der­ing around like zom­bies, a damn­ing re­port has found.

Con­victs and of­fi­cers at cri­sis-hit HMP Birm­ing­ham ‘lived and worked in fear’ as staff lost con­trol, ac­cord­ing to the as­sess­ment by HM In­spec­torate of Pris­ons. In au­gust, min­is­ters took the dra­matic step of mov­ing the jail – which was run by pri­vate firm G4s on a 15-year £30mil­lion con­tract – back un­der gov­ern­ment con­trol for six months.

the HMIP re­port de­tailed a cat­a­logue of vi­o­lence, drugs, self-harm and squalor. an in­mate de­scribed in­mates ‘walk­ing around like zom­bies, high on spice’.

Peter Clarke, Chief In­spec­tor of Pris­ons, re­newed his call for an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment of how the jail was al­lowed to ‘slip into cri­sis’. G4s said: ‘We con­tinue to work with the Min­istry of Jus­tice to ur­gently ad­dress the is­sues faced at the prison.’

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