Muslim Claim Sparks Prison Review

May 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

Female prison officers will be stopped from being present when male inmates are strip-searched, after a Muslim prisoner said he had been degraded.

The inmate told the newspaper Muslim News in March he felt degraded, oppressed and provoked on a daily basis at Whitemoor Prison, Cambridgeshire.

The man said he was forced to strip in front of a female officer, which the Ministry of Justice has admitted.

It said it has reviewed procedures to ensure the incident is not repeated.