Against the Close Supervision Centre torture regime: Friday 18th November at HM Inspectorate of Prisons

It’s no secret that the UK prison system is in crisis: even if the situation hasn’t yet reached the levels of open conflict seen in US prisons, every day seems to bring new headlines like screws staging a mass unofficial walkout or the horrors of IPP sentences being extended indefinitely.

Now Kevan Thackrar, a prisoner held in the secretive Close Supervision Centre, is calling for supporters to demonstrate outside HM Inspectorate of Prisons on Friday 18th November to raise awareness of this little-known “torture regime” within British prisons. As he describes it:

The Close Supervision Centre (CSC) system is the English version of American supermax prison conditions, indefinite solitary confinement within the most oppressive and brutal environment found in this country, which can appropriately be called torture camps. Psychological warfare is used upon its victims on a constant basis, with frequent physical attacks supplementing the arbitrary punishment. As only around 50 prisoners fall victim to the CSC at any one time its existence is largely unknown even amongst the general prison population, so it is not surprising that the wider public are so poorly informed that almost no-one protests that taxes are being spent to torment vulnerable captives who are also British citizens…
Since I was first allocated to the CSC in March 2010, HMIP have only once ‘inspected’ the CSC. Although they were provided with extensive detail of the abuses which were taking place, they chose to omit all of the most serious and gloss over those that actually made it into the report. HMIP effectively endorsed the torture regime which had the obvious consequence of life on the CSC becoming more anguished, and have not even bothered to perform their mandatory follow-up ‘inspection’ to see the effects of their actions. The suicide of Joanne Latham (AKA Eddie Brown, AKA Edward Latham) on the CSC has been one of the direct results of the continuing deterioration, but also of the structure of the CSC itself which causes severe mental illness and exacerbates preexisting medical issues amongst its residents so much so that around 50% end up damaged to the extent it becomes necessary for them to be removed from prison to one of the high secure mental health hospitals (Broadmoor, Brampton, Ashworth)…

It is about time that HMIP learned they can no longer ignore the CSC system or be allowed to prop-up its existence with corrupt reports, the CSC has been in operation since 1998 and must be condemned as the abomination it is. To achieve this end, I am calling on every person with some level of compassion and humanity for their fellow man and all those disgusted at what their taxes are funding to attend a demonstration protest outside the offices of HMIP. This has been organised to take place on:
Friday 18th November 2016 from 12.30pm – 2.30pm at HM Inspectorate of Prisons, 6th Floor, Victory House, Kingsway, London, WC2B 6EX, and all those unable to attend are encouraged to write demanding they address the CSC system immediately either directly or through their MP for greater impact. Support can also be shown as well as more being found out about the horror of the CSC by visiting the website WWW.JUSTICEFORKEVAN.COM, joining the group at www.facebook.com/justiceforkev, signing the petition on http://www.change-org/p/justice-for-kevan, or by writing to Kevan Thakrar A4907AE, HMP Wakefield, 5 Love Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 9AG”

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3 Responses to Against the Close Supervision Centre torture regime: Friday 18th November at HM Inspectorate of Prisons

  1. Thomas says:

    How about the worst of the worst who are constantly violent and dangerous?

  2. Thomas says:

    I’m in favour of three kinds of prisons-middle of the road ones for most prisoners, nice ones for long termers whose crimes were serious but not in themselves horrible, and nasty ones for those whose crimes were both very serious and horrible by any standards and who are unlikely to be released, and as a very last resort for those who cannot at all safely be housed in either of the other two types.

    If prison is too nice, it won’t deter, if too nasty, it makes people much worse.

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