Immaturity means young adults need more support in court, report says – The Guardian

‘Young adults should be given special treatment in court because they are immature and need help understanding proceedings, according to a report by an influential legal reform group. The call for a fresh approach for 18- to 24-year-olds comes from the Centre for Justice Innovation as the sharp rise in knife crime highlights the criminal justice system’s problems in dealing with that age group.’

Full Story

the Guardian, 10th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Prisons watchdog demands action after 500 self-harm incidents in six months at young offenders’ institution – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2018 in mental health, news, prisons, self-harm, violence, young offenders by tracey

‘Prison inspectors have demanded urgent action at a young offenders’ institution that saw more than 500 incidents of self-harm in just six months.’

Full Story

The Independent, 27th March 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

G4S staff at Medway youth jail cleared of misconduct – BBC News

‘Four men accused of threatening and assaulting children at a youth jail in Kent have been cleared.’

Full Story

BBC News, 26th March 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sentencing Code considers additional youth sentencing laws – consultation – Law Commission

Posted March 26th, 2018 in consultations, press releases, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘The Law Commission has launched a short consultation on youth sentencing as part of its work to create a single Sentencing Code.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Tube terror attack youth jailed for life – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A teenager from west London who was convicted of attempted murder after his homemade bomb exploded in a packed tube carriage has been jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 34 years in prison.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Parsons Green attack: Iraqi teenager convicted over Tube bomb – BBC News

Posted March 16th, 2018 in attempts, explosives, murder, news, terrorism, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who showed warning signs to authorities that he could carry out a terrorist attack has been found guilty of 2017’s Parsons Green Tube bombing.’

Full Story

BBC News, 16th March 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teenager jailed for London moped acid attacks – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2018 in hazardous substances, London, motorcycles, news, sentencing, theft, young offenders by sally

‘A 17-year-old boy has been jailed for 10 and a half years for attacking six moped riders with acid while trying to steal their bikes.’

Full Story

BBC News, 12th March 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teenager given life sentence for planned Justin Bieber gig attack – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2018 in autism, news, sentencing, terrorism, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who planned an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on a pop concert a month after the Manchester Arena bombing has been given a life sentence and told he will serve at least 11 years in prison before being considered for parole.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 2nd March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Three jailed for life for stabbing teenager to death in south London – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2018 in murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘Three people have been given life sentences for the murder of a teenager in south London who was stabbed to death while on a night out with friends.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 15th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

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.’

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 17th January 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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.’

Full Story

BBC News, 17th January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

The independent, 4th January 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

The Independent, 18th December 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 27th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

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.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd November 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 21st November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

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.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 20th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

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.’

Full Story

The Independent, 13th November 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

The Independent, 8th November 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk