Concern at Report into Hydebank Wood – Jennifer McCann MLA
Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann has expressed concern regarding the report, published today, into conditions and practices at the Hydebank Centre.
Ms McCann said,
"This is a deeply worrying situation if the report's analysis is accurate, the report suggests that juvenile prisoners are spending twenty hours a day locked in their cells, it also found that prisoners are routinely strip searched and unnecessarily handcuffed.
It was the second inspection at the centre in two-and-a-half years and the inspectors said the situation had got worse since their last visit.
Last year I visited female prisoners in Hydebank and the findings of this report highlights very real problems in Hydebank.
As an elected politician I will continue to monitor the conditions of those held in Hydebank.