A 16 year old boy was locked in a jail cell for “prolonged periods of confinement,” which was the equivalent of 23.5 hours a day.
He was also denied education, which is against the law.
He was also not allowed to go to the gym, which is terrible for a person’s health and well-being, particularly after being confined for prolonged periods of time.
The half hour a day that was allotted for him to be outside of his cell was used to take a shower, be given medication and to make phone calls, but unless he takes the fastest showers on the planet, there probably wasn’t much time for phone calls.
The unidentified teenager has no been diagnosed with PTSD after this massive breach in human rights that came from the extremely degrading way he was treated.
A report was issued in 2015 that said about 1/4 of all the boys at the Feltham young offender institution were being held under similar conditions. These problems are common among young offender institutions.
The way he was treated has put him and his compatriots at risk of permanent psychiatric harm.
From The Guardian:
Squires said there were no documents reviewing the boy’s conditions or considering whether they were necessary or whether they should continue. “It’s inhuman and degrading treatment because it creates a long-term risk of permanent psychiatric harm,” Squires alleged.
The court was told that the MoJ had conceded there was no statutory authority for removing the youth from association with other children in this case. Under the single unlock regime, when the offender is allowed out of his cell he is accompanied by three prison officers and is not allowed contact with other children.
Frances Crook, the chief executive of the Howard League, said before the hearing: “Caging children for over 22 hours a day is unacceptable. All the evidence shows that it can cause irreparable damage. This practice must cease.” The children’s commissioner and another watchdog, the National Preventive Mechanism, have criticised the widespread use of solitary confinement for children in prisons in England and Wales.
They found that one-third of imprisoned children spent time in isolation, and criticised the “worrying number of instances where isolation was not subject to formal governance”. The hearing continues.