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Court custody facilities need to improve - report states
11:40am Wednesday 20th February 2013 in News
IMPROVED conditions at court custody facilities is needed to help drive up standards, according to a prison report.
Inspectors raised concerns in Cheshire and Merseyside, including Warrington Crown Court, over excessive waits in cells, suites looking shabby and covered in graffiti and provisions for the needs of vulnerable people and minority groups not being consistent.
Nick Hardwick, chief inspector of prisons, said: “Detainees were treated with reasonable care and respect, but without the consistent management control and scrutiny which would drive up standards.
“The physical condition of the custody suites was seriously marred by graffiti and ingrained dirt.
“A start has been made on streamlining the court custody and escort process; the treatment and conditions of detainees now needs to be attended closely.”