A British prison has been slammed for holding inmates in cells without running water or electricity for over two days. The facility is run by Serco, a controversial UK contractor that specializes in weapons contracts, prisons and detention centers.
Dire conditions at HMP Doncaster, a category B prison with more than 1,000 inmates, were discovered following an unannounced inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).
The prison is marked by acute levels of violence that are over four times those typically present in similar facilities, inspectors said. In certain cases, “extremely violent” incidents required external support, and had to be reported to the police. A wing of the establishment was also recently damaged by vandalism and fire.