UK prisons inspector: Jailed rioters create gangs

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 10:42 AM
UK prisons inspector: Jailed rioters create gangs

Britain's chief inspector of prisons says the decision to jail several hundreds of people over last months riots has led to the rise of a gang culture in prison.

Nick Hardwick said in his annual report published Wednesday the influx of new prisoners has caused some disruption and stresses among both new and more established prisoners.

He warned that young inmates were organizing themselves into gangs and some prisoners who had not belonged to gangs before were now joining them for protection.

Government figures show that more than 1,700 people appeared in court over last month's riots and around 176 have been given prison sentences.