Dear Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons,
Could you please provide any details on plans to review the two locations, Maghaberry and Hydebank for safety and health purposes. I would recommend environmental samples of air quality, paints, equipment, grounds, etc. based on the violent and obstinate behavior of staff and clients. Recently, the Red Cross was turned away from Hydebank, and earlier this year the United Nations visiting physician was also turned away, although invited back later, when Hydebank was 'ready' for them.
The United Nations made some important humanitarian changes in 2010- declaring confinement of prisoners in small spaces over so many hours to be torture, and any form of electroshock therapy to also be torture. Please forward me any documents you received to assist your staff and your office to implement changes related to those great UN changes.
Please see the attached response from HMI Prisons to your request.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Ashley House, 2 Monck Street, London SW1P 2BQ
Dear HMI Prisons Enquiries,
Thank you for the information I requested. I will forward your office what I have learned about recent changes to UN guidelines about confinement and mental health intervention.