Inmates claim jail is so cold they are "shivering too much to watch telly"

A inmate at HMP Liverpool has claimed that conditions inside the jail are so bad this winter that prisoners have been sat shivering in their cells "for weeks".

The anonymous lag, who has been incarcerated in the facility since February, has said smashed windows and non-existent heating has made life inside unbearably cold.

As a result of plummeting temperatures, the inmate claims he has been forced to sleep fully clothed in a bid to keep warm.

Contacting the Echo this week, the prisoner’s sister backed-up the claims and cited conditions with the Walton-based prison to be "extreme".

Though the prison displays the tag-line "A 21st Century Community Prison" on its sign, the worried relative likens the conditions closer to the dark ages than modern living.

She said: "You know yourself how cold it can be in this weather.

"He can’t watch TV because it is too cold in the room. I know they are there for a punishment but this is extreme.

"We’re not in the dark century, it is 2018. They should have heating – he says this is all they talk about in the cells.

“He has told me the heating has been off for over two months, but I only found out about it three weeks ago when he said it was freezing.

"I make a point of asking him if it is back on and he keeps saying no.

“He seems really down and miserable, it’s like there is no hope of it getting sorted.

"I’m just really worried about him and wondered what I can do."

At HMP Liverpool, relatives are able to bring in clothes for inmates during certain months of the year.

According to a report by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke, released in January 2018, there were "hundreds of unrepaired broken windows, with jagged glass left in the frames" at the prison.

Clarke also found the prison to be plagued by rats and flooded with illicit drugs, calling conditions inside the walls "squalid".

The inspector ruled there was had been an “abject failure to offer a safe, decent and purposeful environment”.

The inmates sister added: "It is just a bit run down the prison, I was speaking to another relative of a prisoner and they were telling me their cells have broken windows, you just feel so helpless.

"I thought about ringing the Governor myself but do not think it would do anything.

“Even in the visiting room it is cold.”

Responding for comment, a spokesperson for the prison said: “The heating at HMP Liverpool is operating completely normally and when a window is found to be damaged it is either fixed straight away or the cell is taken out of use."

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