Crumbling, overcrowded and rat-infested, Wandsworth Prison is a world away from the luxurious lifestyle Boris Becker once enjoyed.
This squalid 170-year-old Victorian edifice, crammed with more than 1,300 inmates, is regularly described as one of the UK’s worst jails.
A report this year by Charlie Taylor, Chief Inspector of Prisons, revealed a jail blighted by drug abuse and mental health problems, where ‘desperately bored’ inmates spend more than 22 hours a day in dilapidated cells.
One group of inmates was described as walking ‘blinking into the sunlight’ after more than a week indoors.
Violence is an acute problem, with almost one attack every day among inmates in 2020/21. Prison staff used force 1,295 times during the same period, or nearly four times a day.
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