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Staffing problems meant far too many boys were locked up in cells nearly all day in young offender institutions, according to an annual report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons on the experiences of detained children aged 12 to 18.

HMP Northumberland, a large training prison, had high levels of violence, with more than a quarter of prisoners feeling unsafe, and severe drugs problems, according to an HM Inspectorate of Prisons report.

Conditions for detainees, mostly women, in Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre had improved significantly in the two years since a previous highly critical report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, inspectors found in 2017.

HMP North Sea Camp, a category D resettlement prison near Boston in Lincolnshire, mixed sex offenders with other prisoners but achieved an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).

Detainees in police custody suites in a large area of north London were usually well treated, and held in good conditions, but too many children were kept in cells overnight and even at weekends, according to a joint criminal justice inspectorates report.

HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire had failed to tackle a significant drugs problem – particularly with the synthetic cannabis Spice – which generated violence and bullying and ‘a sense of hopelessness’ among prisoners, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).

HMP Wayland, near Thetford in rural Norfolk and housing many prisoners on long sentences, was a “very well-led” prison making some progress toward becoming safer after a sharp rise in violence over the last four years, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

Substantial numbers of alleged or convicted sex offenders have been put in a violent prison to “stabilise” it without adequate programmes to reduce the risks they pose, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons published today.

Many prisoners are locked up in cells for long periods in insanitary, unhygienic and degrading conditions that threaten their health and can drive them to take drugs, according to HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke.

The physical condition of custody suites in criminal courts and immigration and asylum tribunals in north and west London was “overwhelmingly poor”, according to an inspection report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons published today.