Women prisoners 'exposed to abuse'
Private contractors exposed w omen prisoners to "intimidation and abuse" by forcing them to travel in escort vans with male inmates.
An unannounced inspection of the largest women's prison in Europe, HMP Holloway, found joint-venture firm Serco Wincanton was transferring female inmates to the jail in "grubby" vehicles with men for long periods without a privacy screen.
Women prisoners faced lengthy journeys as m ale inmates were taken to jail first because reception areas in men's prisons have a fixed cut-off time, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said.
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