Disobedient prisoners at Werrington HMYOI have sentences increased

EXTRA days’ imprisonment imposed as punishment on disobedient inmates at Werrington Young Offenders Institute more than doubled last year.

Prisoners had 1,336 days added to their sentences in 2017 – an increase of 615 on the previous year’s figure.

Extra days can be added to a prisoner’s sentence for variety of offences, ranging from disobeying orders, using a mobile phone, attacking prison staff and smuggling in drugs.

 The institution, which started life as an industrial school in 1895 and much later became a detention centre [Werrington House] for young offenders, accommodates up to 160 sentenced or remanded juveniles, aged between 15 and 18.

An HM Prison Service spokesman said: “The public would expect any prisoner who uses a mobile phone behind bars, who attacks prison staff or who smuggle in drugs to be punished and spend more time in prison.”