Too many children in care end up in the criminal justice system – we need to do better – Family Law

Posted October 10th, 2019 in children, criminal justice, news, young offenders, youth courts by tracey

‘Laura Cooper writes about the crucial role that youth justice lawyers have to play in reducing the criminalisation of looked after children at the police station.’

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Family Law, 9th October 2019

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Children being ‘set up to fail’ on release from custody by authorities, watchdog finds – The Independent

‘Children jailed for criminal offences are being “set up to fail” by authorities who fail to give them the support they need to stop offending, a watchdog has found. Half of the 12 to 17-year-old boys whose cases were examined by HM Inspectorates of Probation and Prisons, were being investigated by police again within three months of being released from young offender institutions.’

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The Independent, 8th October 2019

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Yousef Makki: Joshua Molnar named after judge lifts ban – BBC News

‘A teenager who stabbed his friend in the heart can be named after an order protecting his anonymity was lifted.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2019

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Magistrates raise concerns over county lines defence ‘loophole’ – The Guardian

‘A legal defence for children who claim they are being exploited by county lines drug gangs needs to be monitored more closely, the Magistrates’ Association has warned.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2019

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Teenager sentenced following drugs death of 14-year-old girl – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A teenager has been sentenced to four years in a young offenders detention centre for supplying the drugs that led to the death of a 14-year-old girl.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd October 2019

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EU children in custody to be stripped of rights as Home Office prevents them from applying for settled status – The Independent

Posted September 10th, 2019 in brexit, children, EC law, immigration, imprisonment, news, young offenders by tracey

‘Dozens of vulnerable EU children serving jail sentences in Britain could be stripped of their immigration rights after Brexit because the Home Office is refusing to let them apply for settled status.’

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The Independent, 10th September 2019

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Gang guilty of London to Cornwall county lines drug operation – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2019 in children, conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, young offenders by sally

‘Seven gang members have been found guilty of running a sophisticated county lines operation in which heroin and crack cocaine were shipped from London to Cornwall with vulnerable young people exploited to sell drugs.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2019

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“The Trouble with Release Under Investigation”. Lesley Bates writes about the impact of release under investigation upon a client acquitted 828 days after his arrest – 23 Essex Street

Posted August 23rd, 2019 in bail, delay, news, rape, school children, sexual offences, young offenders by sally

‘Changes to the use of police bail were designed to prevent suspects remaining on pre-charge bail for months on end pending investigation and decision about charge. Criticism of the use of Release Under Investigation (‘RUI’) has mostly focussed on the high numbers of suspects it is used for, the sharp fall in charging decisions and the fewer cases reaching court.’

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23 Essex Street, 20th August 2019

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Yousef Makki: Sentence appeal by stabbed boy’s family refused – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in appeals, homicide, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘An application to review the sentences given to two boys convicted following the fatal stabbing of a teenager has been refused.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2019

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Courts to get anti-knife crime powers with Asbo-style orders for children as young as 12 – The Independent

‘Courts will be given extra powers to impose rules and curfews on anyone aged 12 or over who may be carrying a knife, the Home Office has announced. The Asbo-style powers, called knife crime prevention orders (KCPOs), are civil orders that can be imposed on people who the courts believe pose a threat to the public through the use of a bladed weapon. The powers will be introduced as part of the Offensive Weapons Act, which is attempting to tackle knife crime and serious violence.’

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The Independent, 18th August 2019

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Jamie Bulger’s father urges Parole Board to prevent Jon Venables from ‘harming children again’ ahead of killer’s release – Daily Telegraph

‘The father of murdered child James Bulger has urged the Parole Board to prevent one of his son’s killers from having the chance to “harm young children again” ahead of his impending release.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2019

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Family of teenager fatally stabbed by his friend launch legal challenge against “unduly lenient” sentence – Daily Telegraph

‘The family of a teenager fatally stabbed by his friend have launched a legal challenge against the “unduly lenient” sentence he received.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2019

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Children in prison twice as likely to have special needs, figures show – The Independent

‘Children in prison are twice as likely to have special educational needs as those in the general population, new figures reveal, prompting concern that vulnerable teenagers are being let down by mainstream services.’

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The Independent, 4th August 2019

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Ministers urged to review lifelong anonymity order for teenage terrorist who plotted to behead his teachers – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2019 in anonymity, Islam, news, police, school children, terrorism, young offenders by sally

‘A teenager has become the first terrorist to be granted anonymity for life, in a move deemed necessary to prevent him from becoming a poster boy for Isil.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2019

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Knife crime epidemic will not end until weapons on streets are no longer ‘cool’, says judge – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s knife crime epidemic will continue until young people see weapons as “uncool”, a judge has said. Mr Justice Bryan’s comments came as he sentenced a 17-year-old boy to eight months in custody for stabbing a grammar school pupil in the heart with a flick knife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2019

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Teenager who watched pornography before brutal rape and murder of 14-year-old girl can be named, judges rule – Daily Telegraph

‘A teenager who watched pornography before brutally raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl can be identified for the first time, judges have ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2019

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Assault and self-harm hit record levels in jails in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Assaults and incidents of self-harm in prisons in England and Wales have reached new highs, prompting fresh warnings that authorities are failing inmates.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2019

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Minister urged to intervene over Feltham youth jail violence – The Guardian

‘Urgent intervention is needed at Feltham young offender institution, the chief inspector of prisons has warned, after a review uncovered rocketing levels of violence and self-harm.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2019

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Surge in youth prison violence sparks call to close institutions – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in assault, news, prisons, statistics, violence, young offenders by sally

‘Assaults in youth prisons in England and Wales have risen by almost two-thirds over the last five years, a Guardian analysis has found.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2019

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Moors murderer Ian Brady had contact with vulnerable boys in jail – The Guardian

‘The Moors murderer Ian Brady came in contact with vulnerable borstal boys for more than five years at Wormwood Scrubs prison, Home Office files in the National Archives show.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2019

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