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Youth Prison Rated 'Inadequate' As Inmates Access Pornography And Violence Levels Increase

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Youth Prison Rated 'Inadequate' As Inmates Access Pornography And Violence Levels Increase

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A teenage young offenders facility in Rochester, Kent, has come under fire from a damming Ofsted report after details emerged suggesting that inmates were able to access pornography.

Inspectors found two USB sticks that contained sexually explicit material in communal areas at Medway Secure Training Centre, reports the Daily Mail.


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The young offenders unit, which was operated by G4S, has now been rated 'inadequate' by the education watchdog.

In the Ofsted report, it stated that the stability of the facility "has been sorely undermined by a combination of significant factors."

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After police launched an investigation following a BBC Panorama programme, which unveiled the behind-the-scenes perspective, the government announced that it would take over running the facility.

In the six months before the handover, the centre allegedly reported 31 assaults on young people by other young people, 13 fights and 51 reported assaults on staff.

"This includes violence between young people and violence towards staff, despite a small and stable population of young people," the report said.

In four categories - the safety of young people, promoting positive behaviour, the care of young people and the effectiveness of leaders and managers - Ofsted concluded that all fell below average and were 'inadequate'.

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Managing director for G4S custodial and detention services, Jerry Petherick, said it was a 'deeply disappointing' report following a number of years in which Ofsted rated Medway as good or outstanding.

Topics: kent, Prison

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