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What’s wrong with Yarls Wood?

The controversial detention centre has been slammed in a new report

By Josh Lowe  

Yarl's Wood Immigration detention centre. © Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

What’s that?

The detention centre Yarls Wood was set up by the last Labour government—it opened in 2001— to hold people about to be deported from Britain. It has proved controversial ever since, with various episodes making the national press from a fire caused by a detainees’ protest soon after it opened to hunger strikes and allegations of sexual abuse—always robustly denied by Serco, which has operated the centre since 2007. Today,…

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