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News: UK

Fri 2 Jul, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Several prisoners told inspectors that staff referred to them as ‘girls’ or ‘ladies’ and one gay prisoner said he was handed a copy of Gay Times in a brown paper bag because, according to the officer, he did not want to touch it

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An alarming report has come to light showing a high level of homophobia in prisons from the staff, with some refusing to even have contact with the prisoners.

A report of HMP Dartmoor, Devon, showed that there were 23 prisoners who had been subject to homophobia from the staff. The report read: "Throughout our inspection we were concerned about consistent reports of homophobic attitudes by some staff, although no formal complaints had been submitted by prisoners.

"Several prisoners told inspectors that staff referred to them as ‘girls’ or ‘ladies’ and one gay prisoner said he was handed a copy of Gay Times in a brown paper bag because, according to the officer, he did not want to touch it."



According to the Telegraph, it also read that many were reluctant to help gay prisoners that were looking for assistance: "Prisoners gave many anecdotes and examples of unprofessional, and even delinquent, behaviour by staff.

"They said such staff were dismissive and disrespectful, and gave examples of inappropriate language used over the public address system, homophobic behaviour, a determination not to use preferred names or titles, and an unpreparedness to push prisoners in wheelchairs."

 

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