Ashfield – high levels of violence and use of force by staff

Ashfield Children

Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, in a report to be published at midnight, says that in his final inspection of HMYOI Ashfield before it is re-roled from a juvenile institution to a category C adult male prison for sex offenders, he found there were high levels of violence, self-harm, along with high levels of force by staff in which two prisoners suffered broken bones.

Check back after midnight for full details of this shocking report.



Jake Hardy (17 years old) was found at HMYOI Hindley in Wigan Friday 20th January and was taken to hospital. He died on Tuesday 24th January 2012. The Prison Service has said he had been identified as being at risk of suicide or self-harm. 

 Alex Kelly (15 years old) was taken to hospital from HMP Cookham Wood near Rochester on Tuesday 24th January where he died on Wednesday 25th January 2012.  The Prison Service has said he too had been identified as being at risk of suicide or self-harm.

Mark Leech, editor of Converse the national prisoners’ newspaper said: “Both of these youths had been identified as being susceptible to suicide – yet both were able to take their own lives.

“It’s a tragic indictment of this Government and the lack of care it provides to those in custody and who it accepts are in danger of taking their own lives.”