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Report slams Yarl’s Wood detention centre

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2467

Questions from the report

Questions from the report

Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre is a “place of national concern”, according to a new report by chief inspector of prisons Nick Howard. 

Women inmate’s conditions have deteriorated during the past two years.

The report said that 42 percent of women said they “felt unsafe at the centre”—two years ago this was 

29 percent. It said, “Health care had declined most severely. G4S Justice Health had provided health services since September 2014.”

The previous inspection in 2013 found improving conditions—but that there were many problems. For instance, “the decision to detain was much too casual”.

Yarl’s Wood has been in the news since an undercover Channel 4 news investigation filmed staff making racist and sexist remarks. 

Details of the Channel 4 secret filming only appear in a footnote of the report. 

While the Home Office calls these detention centres “removal centres” around two thirds of those detained at Yarl’s Wood are released.

The survey found that 16 percent of women had children they would normally be caring for outside. It noted, “Neither the Home Office nor Serco kept data on the number of women who had caring responsibilities.”

Yarl’s Wood should be closed immediately—but so should all of Britain’s 13 detention centres.


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Tue 18 Aug 2015, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2467
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