January 22, 2005


Gangs bring terror and death to jails (Tony Thompson, January 23, 2005, The Observer)

Thousands of inmates are being beaten, bullied and intimidated by prison gangs which are becoming increasing powerful and violent as the prison population soars, The Observer has found.

The gangs are involved in everything from drug trafficking and illegal gambling to assault and murder. Some have become so powerful that members make hundreds of pounds a week from the jail drug trade. This money is put aside for when the prisoners are released or used to provide better treatment inside. Those who fail to pay their debts risk violence against themselves or their families.

Last week a report into Liverpool's Walton jail, Britain's largest prison, found that on one wing nine of the ten prisoners felt threatened by the gangs. The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers, warned that staff had been 'overwhelmed by the imported drug and gang culture'.

'It was clear that the gang culture of the streets outside had infiltrated the prison, resulting in both easy access to drugs and in bullying and intimidation,' said the report.

So much for the fatuous notion that getting rid of the death penalty makes your criminal justice system more humanitarian.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 22, 2005 1:28 PM
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