Pentonville prison overcrowded and drug use rife, says watchdog

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Conditions at north London jail ‘incompatible with prisoners’ humanity and dignity’

One of Britain’s oldest jails is overcrowded, crumbling and porous to drugs, weapons and mobile phones, a watchdog has warned.

Monitors at HMP Pentonville found old windows had not been replaced, vermin was rife and prisoners went weeks without exercise in the fresh air.

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