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Feltham Young Offenders: Watchdog's violence warning

Prison inspectors report that the young offenders' institution is suffering "unpredictable and reckless" violence. They warn that staff at Feltham in west London are constantly trying to keep apart boys from more than 40 gangs and that too many of the prisoners were locked in cells for up to 23-hours a day.

In the report looking at conditions at Feltham, chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick said there had been improvements but serious concerns remained.

 Union officials have warned that jails in England and Wales are so violent they are being controlled on a "wing and a prayer".

Report available here: http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/