FIFTEEN former inmates of Leeds Prison have won a legal battle over claims they were mistreated and discriminated against on racial and religious grounds.
The claims against the Ministry of Justice included complaints by Muslim prisoners who said they had been given contaminated halal food.
Some of the prisoners also claimed they had been assaulted by prison staff and other inmates.
A settlement was reached on Thursday in a trial at Leeds County Court.
Thirteen of the prisoners claimed they had been discriminated against on the grounds of race and religion, with some claiming they had been racially harassed and victimised.
Of the 13, seven claimed they had been assaulted by prison staff and two accused staff of negligently failing to protect them from alleged assaults by other prisoners.
They hope that bringing their complaints to court has been a catalyst for change in the treatment of non-white prisoners at HMP Leeds.
The remaining two inmates brought claims for alleged assaults by prison officers.
Leeds Prison holds more than 1,200 male prisoners, of which more than 200 are Muslim.