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UK: How Liverpool prison became UK's 'worst jail'

The damning report on Liverpool prison by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, published on Friday, says conditions in the establishment are “squalid”. But this is just the latest in a series of major problems faced by the jail.

With England’s prisons regularly described as being in crisis, because of budget and staff cuts, it takes a special level of incompetence to be called the country’s worst jail.

But that is precisely the label bestowed on HMP Liverpool last month by many, including a former prisons inspector, after the BBC revealed the appalling failures at the prison.

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