Young offenders handed a caution commit more crimes after Government shake-up – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2016 in cautions, news, recidivists, statistics, young offenders by tracey

‘More young offenders are going on to commit new crimes after being handed a “slap on the wrist”, following reforms by the Government, new data shows.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th April 2016

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Bradford judge spares girl jail for stabbing abuser – BBC News

‘A judge has spared a teenage girl who stabbed the man who sexually abused her as a child from a prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 20th April 2016

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Judge offers to pay court fine of abuse victim who stabbed her abuser on his doorstep after he avoided jail – The Independent

Posted April 20th, 2016 in assault, child abuse, fines, judges, news, victims, young offenders by sally

‘A judge has offered to pay the court fine of a Bradford teenager who stabbed a paedophile on his doorstep after he avoided jail for abusing her when she was just eight-years-old.’

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The Independent, 19th April 2016

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Angela Wrightson case: Can children be natural born killers? – BBC News

‘Two teenage girls have been detained for torturing and murdering a vulnerable woman in north-east England. But when a child deliberately kills, what is to blame? Is it possible some children are simply bad? Or are there other factors at play?.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2016

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Youth the one mitigating factor for teenage girls who killed – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2016 in anonymity, mental health, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘The 15-year-olds were given the equivalent of an adult life sentence and could be detained indefinitely.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2016

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Angela Wrightson murder: Two girls guilty of killing woman in brutal attack in her own home – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 6th, 2016 in care orders, murder, news, young offenders by tracey

‘Two schoolgirls who took selfie pictures as they tortured and killed a frail alcoholic in her own home had run away from local authority care 18 times in the month leading up to the killing, it has emerged.

After the guilty verdicts were delivered, Hartlepool Council announced the launch of a serious case review to establish if more could have been done to prevent the out of control pair carrying out the appalling murder.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2016

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Teenager found guilty of stabbing 18-year-old to death with ‘Zombie Killer’ knife – The Independent

Posted April 4th, 2016 in homicide, news, weapons, young offenders by sally

‘A teenage boy has been found guilty of stabbing 18-year-old Stefan Appleton to death with a 2 foot-long ‘Zombie Killer’ machete in a north London park.’

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The Independent, 1st April 2016

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Children in care homes ‘excessively criminalised’ – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2016 in care homes, children, criminal justice, news, police, statistics, young offenders by sally

‘Children living in care homes are “excessively criminalised” compared with other boys and girls, campaigners have said.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2016

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Clayton Williams convicted of PC Dave Phillips’s manslaughter – BBC News

‘A car thief has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a policeman by running him over in a stolen pick-up truck during a chase.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2016

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Rapist Luke Grender locked up as ‘lenient’ sentence reviewed – BBC News

‘A teenager rapist has had his suspended sentence replaced by a three-year term in a young offenders institution after the case was referred back to the Court of Appeal.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2016

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Five-year-old boy investigated for rape in Manchester is one of 70 children under 10 to be accused of sex attacks – The Independent

‘Police have investigated a claim a five-year-old boy raped a 14-year-old girl in Manchester, it has been revealed.’

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The Independent, 14th February 2016

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G4S to sell controversial youth jail contracts – The Guardian

‘The private security firm G4S is to sell its UK children’s services business, including its contracts to run two youth prisons, weeks after damning footage emerged of its staff using excessive force on children.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2016

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New offences and sentencing – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Two further significant provisions of the Serious Crime Act 2015 have been brought into force. First, on 10 November 2015, section 79 created section 40CB of the Prison Act 1952, which provides for an offence of throwing any article or substance into a prison without authorisation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd February 2016

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Young offenders confined to cells in prison officers’ protest – The Guardian

‘Staff at a young offenders institute are refusing to let 300 prisoners out of their cells following a sharp rise in violence at the facility.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2016

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Youth jails should be replaced by secure schools, finds review – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2016 in detention, education, news, reports, secure training centres, young offenders by sally

‘The notorious Medway youth jail and other privately run secure training centres and state-run young offender institutions should be replaced by a new network of small “secure schools”, according to the findings of an official review set up by the justice secretary, Michael Gove.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2016

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Update to Sexual offences definitive guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted February 8th, 2016 in codes of practice, news, sentencing, sexual offences, young offenders by tracey

‘The sentencing guideline on the sentencing of sexual offences has been updated to take account of legislative changes to sections 48, 49, and 50 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The changes relate to a change in terminology and now use the term “sexual exploitation of a child” to replace references to “child prostitution” and “child pornography”. The changes are on pages 89 to 94 of the guideline.’

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Sentencing Council, 5th February 2016

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Surge in prison disciplinary hearings ‘feeding vicious cycle’ – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, news, prisons, statistics, young offenders by sally

‘The number of punishment hearings held inside prisons has risen by 24% in the past year with almost 160,000 extra days – or 438 years – of imprisonment imposed on inmates, according to a report.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2015

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More offenders being punished for carrying knives, latest figures show – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2015 in news, offensive weapons, prosecutions, statistics, young offenders by sally

‘The number of offenders punished for carrying a knife has risen by 7% in the last year as the police and courts take a tougher approach, especially to teenage offenders, new figures show.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2015

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Can young adult offenders be diverted into work? – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2015 in employment, news, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘Some reform groups believe the justice system should treat young adult offenders differently. Could a programme in south London lead the way in terms of their rehabilitation?’

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BBC News, 10th December 2015

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Poor quality advocacy is endangering youth justice – Legal Voice

Posted November 24th, 2015 in advocacy, legal representation, news, reports, young offenders, youth courts by sally

‘Access to justice for young and vulnerable offenders is being endangered by variable advocacy standards amongst lawyers acting in youth court proceedings, a new report claims.’

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Legal Voice, 20th November 2015

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