The government in the United Kingdom has taken control of the main prison in the second largest city of Birmingham after an inspection authority found that drug abuse and violence was rife in the facility.
The Ministry of Justice said on Monday that it would take control of HMP Birmingham from contractor G4S for an initial period of six months.
The ministry said the decision was meant to counter “squalid” conditions in the prison where rats and cockroaches were swarming the cells, showers and corridors as a result of blood, urine, vomit and feces left in the places.
The statement came after an inspection showed that prisoners were using drugs and violence with near impunity in HMP Birmingham, forcing staff to lock themselves in offices. The inspectors even reported violence at the time of their visit, saying their cars were set on fire during an arson attack.
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