In the Media

Women's jail 'should not be holding damaged inmates'

PUBLISHED April 29, 2004

The chief inspector of prisons, Anne Owers, today renewed her calls to remove women and girls suffering from severe mental illnesses from the prison system, after finding that yet another jail was unable to provide the help they need.

In her report on New Hall prison and young offenders institute, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Ms Owers said that staff were doing their best but were unable to provide the right environment for some "very damaged individuals", including women and girls who self-harm.