Judicial review concerning punishment at a children's prison

Press statement

3 December 2012

Lawyers from the Howard League for Penal Reform will go to court this week to seek a judicial review concerning how seven boys were disciplined at HMYOI Ashfield, a privately-run children’s prison.

At a hearing at the Administrative Court in London, due to begin on Tuesday December 4, the legal team will argue that, following an incident at the prison in February this year, Ashfield acted unlawfully by punishing the boys with a type of ‘quadruple jeopardy’ by awarding them additional days; subjecting them to an informal version of segregation without any safeguards; and removing privileges and rights such as restriction to education and the gym.

The claim raises serious concerns both regarding the treatment of these seven young people, and more general concerns in relation to all those currently held there, and who may be held there in future.

Contact

Rob Preece

020 7241 7880

Robert.preece@howardleague.org