Some youth offending teams failing to protect at-risk girls, say inspectors – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2014 in children, criminal justice, news, police, probation, young offenders by sally

‘Many girls in the criminal justice system are being sexually exploited and some youth offending teams are failing to provide protection for them, independent inspectors have said.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2014

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Mentally ill teenagers will no longer be held in police cells – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2014 in complaints, detention, mental health, news, police, statistics, young offenders by tracey

‘Mentally ill teenagers will no longer be taken to police stations and detained in cells under reforms to be announced by the home secretary, Theresa May, this week.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2014

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Too many young adults go from ‘in care’ directly to jail – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2014 in benefits, care homes, homelessness, news, prisons, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Young adults leaving care are being let down by the justice system, according to a new academic study. Despite up to a third of the current prison population having experienced the care system, criminal justice professionals are ignorant of ways to help young care leavers stay out of jail, it warns.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2014

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Why do we ignore the mental health aspects of crime? – BBC News

‘When 16-year-old Will Cornick admitted murdering the schoolteacher Ann Maguire, the reaction was one of shock and bewilderment.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2014

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PCC admits Essex Police failed child rape victim – BBC News

Posted November 19th, 2014 in child abuse, children, news, police, rape, young offenders by sally

‘A five-year-old rape victim who wrote to officers telling them they had let her down was failed by Essex Police, the force’s police and crime commissioner has said.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2014

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The jail that has reduced violence by helping inmates escape from the gang – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2014 in crime, families, gangs, murder, news, prisons, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘Gang rivalries are driving up assaults in custody, but one prison has cut violent incidents by 75%.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2014

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Too many prisoners jailed unnecessarily, says review head – The Guardian

‘The unnecessary jailing of too many people in England and Wales is leaving resources stretched and vulnerable inmates unsupervised, the head of a review into prison suicides has said.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2014

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Lawyer for Ann Maguire’s killer says rules on anonymity must be overhauled – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2014 in anonymity, murder, news, reporting restrictions, young offenders by sally

‘The law must be changed to ensure that the identities of juvenile killers and their families remain secret, says the barrister who defended the schoolboy murderer of teacher Ann Maguire.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2014

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Ann Maguire murder: Judge defends naming Will Cornick – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2014 in anonymity, murder, news, public interest, reporting restrictions, young offenders by tracey

‘The judge who sentenced the teenage killer of teacher Ann Maguire has defended his decision to identify him.’

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BBC News, 6th November 2014

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Will Cornick sentence disproportionate, say youth justice campaigners – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2014 in Crown Court, murder, news, rehabilitation, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘Youth justice campaigners have voiced concerns over the 20-year minimum tariff given to the 16-year-old schoolboy who murdered teacher Ann Maguire.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2014

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Sentence for Ann Maguire’s killer ‘out of step with rest of western Europe’ – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2014 in mental health, murder, news, rehabilitation, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘The 20-year minimum sentence handed out to the killer of teacher Ann Maguire is too harsh and puts Britain out of step with more lenient attitudes in the rest of Europe, according to a leading youth justice campaigner.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2014

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Family of girl who killed herself after arrest challenges detention policy – The Guardian

‘Kesia Leatherbarrow broke a window trying to enter a residential care home for ex-addicts to visit a friend. When officers arrested the 17-year-old, they discovered a small quantity of cannabis. She spent two nights and three days in police custody; a few hours after being released, she hanged herself.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2014

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Teenager who shot his girlfriend gets nine years’ detention for manslaughter – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2014 in firearms, gangs, homicide, news, robbery, sentencing, violence, young offenders by sally

‘A teenage boy who shot dead his girlfriend on his birthday has been sentenced to nine years’ detention for her manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2014

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Building a super-prison for children is a terrible idea – The Guardian

‘he Ministry of Justice’s bizarre plan includes a regime of physical punishment and restraint that would be a recipe for child abuse.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2014

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Grayling gives green light for staff to use force against inmates in new jail – The Guardian

‘Chris Grayling is to defy an appeal court judgement and order that staff should be able to use force to restrain teenage inmates for “the purposes of good order and discipline” at his proposed £85m privately run “super-child jail.” The proposed rule for the justice secretary’s 320-place “secure college” comes despite a court of appeal ruling in 2008 which banned the use of force after it was linked to the deaths and injury of several children in custody, including the death of a 14-year-old Gareth Myatt.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2014

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Steven Miles jailed for murder of girlfriend Elizabeth Thomas – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in autism, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenage boy obsessed with a TV serial killer has been jailed for at least 25 years for murdering and dismembering his 17-year-old girlfriend.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

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Grayling: ‘real plan’ on human rights imminent – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Justice secretary Chris Grayling today promised a “real plan” to shake up human rights law, prompting speculation that prime minister David Cameron will fill in the details in his speech to the Conservative party conference tomorrow.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th September 2014

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Child offender tagging system ‘not working’ – BBC News

‘A tagging programme for child offenders is not working and results in excessive punishment, a charity has warned.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part IV – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the final part of this series, Richard Gibbs writes that the criminal justice system is predicated on finding the fairest way of dealing with juveniles.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 10th September 2014

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Gloucester cellar sex attack ‘not preventable’ – BBC News

‘A sex attack by two teenagers on a boy in a cellar in Gloucester could not have been anticipated or prevented, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2014

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