Mum of tragic Derbyshire teen slams prison chiefs after damning report

Jake Hardy
Jake Hardy

The mother of a teenager who was found hanged in his cell at a young offenders’ institute has slammed prison chiefs after a report revealed huge failings at the facility.

Following a damming report by the chief inspector of prisons, Liz Hardy, whose son Jake died in 2012, has hit out at those running Hindley Young Offenders’ Institute near Wigan.

Nick Hardwick’s report criticised the facility following the unannounced inspection in May this year.

Jake, of Stonegravels, Chesterfield, was serving a sentence for affray and assault when he hanged himself in his cell in 2012.

An inquest jury concluded earlier this year that the 17-year-old died four days later from his own deliberate act but found multiple failings by staff contributed to his death after he had been bullied by inmates.

Liz, who has been campaigning for improvements in prison services ever since his death, said: “Reading this report, it appears that not enough has changed at Hindley, two-and-a-half years on from my son dying.

“It is distressing knowing that another family may have to go through the heartache we had to suffer.”

Inspectors found that, despite significant improvements, Hindley was still struggling to keep some of the boys it held safe. There had been 251 reports of bullying and 167 self-harm incidents in the previous six months. On average, there was a fight or assault every day. Inspectors also found there had been a number of incidents of boys being strip-searched while being restrained. The prison service refused to comment.