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.”