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Pentonville prison report attacks 'squalid, inhumane' conditions

Monitoring board says London prison struggles with basics of decency, largely due to private contractor Carillion

A prison where two cellmates made an audacious escape bid after sawing through a metal bar has been labelled “overcrowded” and “inhumane”.

A report by HMP Pentonville’s independent monitoring board (IMB) described conditions as “squalid” and said dilapidated windows were worsening a drug problem at the Victorian prison in north London.

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