Government failed to prevent ‘systemic breaches’ of human rights in private prisons, High Court rules

Mark Tobin - 22 February 2019

THE government failed to prevent “systemic breaches” of the human rights of inmates who were unlawfully strip searched at a privately run prison, the High Court ruled today.

Four inmates at HMP Peterborough claimed the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) was required to ensure adequate and effective safeguards against breaches of their right to privacy were in place at the jail.

Sodexo, which runs the prison, admitted it was responsible for a “systemic failure” to follow MoJ rules on strip searches because it failed to properly train its staff... See more