Teen jailed for attack on mother and toddler – Attorney General’s Office

‘Joshua Ingram has been sent to a young offenders’ institute after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred his sentence as unduly lenient.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 17th January 2018

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Surrey ‘mailbag thief’ jailed in 1976 overturns conviction – BBC News

‘A man who served eight months in a youth jail for stealing mailbags in the 1970s has had his name cleared.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2018

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Hundreds of boys ‘tortured’ at youth detention centres in 1970s and 1980s – The Independent

Posted January 5th, 2018 in assault, detention, news, torture, young offenders by tracey

‘Hundreds of boys say they were subjected to sexual and physical abuse amounting to “torture” in youth detention centres, sparking calls for a public inquiry.’

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The independent, 4th January 2018

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Young people in care being ‘criminalised’ as police receive unnecessarily high number of calls to children’s homes – The Independent

Posted December 18th, 2017 in care homes, news, reports, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Children in care are at risk of being criminalised as police forces are called out to children’s homes at an unnecessarily high rate, a report has found.’

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The Independent, 18th December 2017

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Call for action on violent porn after ‘barbaric’ teenager convicted of rape and attempted murder – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2017 in attempts, murder, news, pornography, rape, young offenders by sally

‘Pornography depicting rape must be banned, campaigners said last night, after a “barbaric” teenager obsessed with sexually violent images raped and bludgeoned his victim on his 17th birthday, leaving her for dead.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2017

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Boy, 17, found guilty of planning Isis-inspired attack on Cardiff concert – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2017 in news, terrorism, weapons, young offenders by sally

‘A teenager has been found guilty of planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on a pop concert a month after the Manchester Arena bombing.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2017

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James Bulger’s killer returned to prison after probation officers ‘find child abuse images’ – Daily Telegraph

‘The killer of toddler James Bulger has reportedly been returned to prison after he was caught with child abuse images on his computer for the second time.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd November 2017

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G4S youth jail beset by violence, vandalism and weapons, report finds – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in contracting out, news, reports, secure training centres, violence, young offenders by sally

‘Surging levels of violence at an “unsafe” G4S-run youth jail have put staff in hospital and caused inmates to carry improvised weapons for their safety, inspectors have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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Youth prisons don’t deter criminals. They enable them – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2017 in children, detention, news, prisons, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘Young offender institutions are cruel and counterproductive. Cressida Dick’s call for ‘harsher’ sentencing reveals her ignorance of the evidence.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2017

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Thousands of young people injured after being ‘restrained’ by officers – The Independent

‘Thousands of children and teenagers have been injured while being physically restrained in secure facilities, new figures have shown. Ministers have been urged to rethink heavy-handed techniques for restraining minors after official statistics revealed there have been more than 4,800 cases since 2010 where young people were hurt by being pinned down by officials.’

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The Independent, 13th November 2017

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Met Police holding children in custody for too long, says prison watchdog – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2017 in children, custody, London, news, police, young offenders by tracey

‘Children are being held for too long in police custody once they are charged with an offence, the prison watchdog has warned. A report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary found that too many children in north and north-east London were being kept in cells overnight and even at weekends, despite a statutory duty for authorities to provide them with alternative accommodation.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2017

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Law and religion round-up – 5th November – Law & Religion UK

‘A week in which the Westminster sexual exploitation scandal continued to claim scalps, there was an important report on House of Lords reform – and Brexit rumbled on’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th November 2017

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Too many children in criminal court, says senior judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in children, crime, criminal justice, judges, news, speeches, young offenders, young persons by tracey

‘Too many children are being criminalised by the courts, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has warned. Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court, said that the Crown Prosecution Service should look at changing its charging policy for children so that fewer of them end up in the criminal courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2017

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Youth Justice System ‘Falls Short’ of Human Rights Obligations, MPs Claim – Rights Info

‘The current system of disclosing past convictions undermines the principles of the youth justice system, according to a report published today by the Justice Committee.’

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Rights Info, 27th October 2017

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Youth crime disclosure rules wholly inappropriate, say MPs – BBC News

‘Rules on disclosing crimes committed in childhood in England and Wales should be “radically revised”, say MPs.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2017

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Family court data links adverse family experiences with proven youth offending – Family Law

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in children, family courts, news, recidivists, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Children in contact with the public law system are more likely to offend and commit multiple offences between the ages of 10 and 17 than those of the equivalent age group in the general population, according to an analytical summary published by the Ministry of Justice this week.’

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Family Law, 20th October 2017

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LGO criticises failure of council to assess vulnerable young children at risk of harm – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has accused a council of not doing enough to safeguard a family who made multiple appeals for help to protect their younger children from threats of violence made by their teenage son.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th October 2017

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Charlie Alliston: Cyclist detained over pedestrian death – BBC News

‘A cyclist who knocked over and killed a 44-year-old woman in east London has been sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2017

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Teenagers convicted of homophobic hate crime – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three teenagers who pleaded guilty to attacking two passengers on a train because of their sexuality have today been jailed. The three male youths, two aged 16 and one aged 17, were each sentenced to six months in prison at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 14 September, after admitting violent disorder and, in one case, possession of an offensive weapon.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th September 2017

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Katie Rough: Teenager who killed the seven-year-old girl to undergo psychiatric testing – The Independent

Posted September 8th, 2017 in homicide, mental health, news, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who smothered and stabbed to death a seven-year-old girl to find out whether she was a robot has been ordered to be detained for psychiatric assessment under the Mental Health Act.’

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The Independent, 7th September 2017

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