children in custody

Comment on damning new report on G4S-run Oakhill

The controversial security company G4S should be stripped of its contract to run Oakhill secure training centre, the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, said today, following a damning Ofsted report on the institution.

Richard also called for the government to close the three secure training centres – Medway, Oakhill and Rainsbrook – as part of a plan to end the imprisonment of children.

Comment on further arrests over child prison

Commenting on reports that five people have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office at the G4S-run Medway Secure Training Centre, our Deputy Director Will McMahon said:

At an appropriate moment, the Justice Select Committee should hold the G4S board to account for how it was that children were bullied and abused in their care and why the management of Medway was so shambolic.

G4S children's prison staff suspended over abuse claims

Seven staff members at a G4S run children's prison in Kent have been suspended over claims they violently abused children at the facility, the BBC reports.

The revelations come from an undercover investigation by BBC's Panorama into Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester. The allegations relate to ten boys aged 14 to 17 and are being investigated by Kent police.

Alleged abuses by staff include:

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