Police ordered to destroy decades-old petty crime records – The Independent

Posted November 1st, 2007 in criminal records, news, police, young offenders by sally

“Four police forces in England and Wales have been ordered to destroy criminal records of minor offences committed by teenagers who have gone on to lead unblemished adult lives but claim they are still being punished for their past misdemeanours.”

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The Independent, 1st November 2007

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Batons age limit may be lowered – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2007 in news, young offenders by sally

“Staff at young offenders institutions could be allowed to use batons on children as young as 15 after the Ministry of Justice said it would review current guidelines.”

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2007

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Children’s tsar attacks youth justice policy – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2007 in children, criminal justice, news, young offenders by sally

“The children’s tsar today attacked the government’s youth justice policy, which he warned is enraging and alienating young people.”

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The Guardian, 15th October 2007

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£4,000 court costs for child’s sausage roll theft – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2007 in costs, news, theft, young offenders by sally

“A police force hauled a child through the courts at a cost of £4,000 for stealing half a sausage roll it has emerged.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2007

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Regina (JL) (a Youth) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Posted October 2nd, 2007 in human rights, law reports, suicide, young offenders by sally

State’s duty to investigate

Regina (JL) (a Youth) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“Where there was a near death or death in custody the state was obliged to investigate the facts and explain. It was not for the victim or family to establish some arguable case before that investigation took place.”

The Times, 2nd October 2007

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Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication

Inmates ‘forcibly strip-searched’ – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2007 in news, prisons, young offenders by sally

“Young offenders are being forcibly strip searched according to a report by prison inspectors.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2007

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Reclassification of cannabis ‘fuels youth crime wave’ – The Independent

Posted September 17th, 2007 in drug abuse, news, young offenders by sally

“Cannabis use among Britain’s young offenders is ‘out of control’, up by 75 per cent in some areas and fuelling a crime epidemic, with youngsters stealing to fund their addictions, according to two studies.”

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The Independent, 17th September 2007

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New “youth juries” to punish yobs – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2007 in juries, news, punishment, young offenders by sally

“Teenage vandals, bullies and binge drinkers are to have punishments decided by other youngsters in a pilot project to be launched later this year.”

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BBC News, 12 September 2007

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Report into death of boy, 14, calls for reform of youth custody – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2007 in news, suicide, young offenders by sally

“A report into Britain’s youngest death in custody will today condemn the youth justice system for treating 14-year-old Adam Rickwood more as a tearaway deserving to be locked up rather than a vulnerable child in need of care.”

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2007

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Three teenagers guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted August 28th, 2007 in murder, news, young offenders by sally

“Three teenagers have been convicted of murder and one of manslaughter over the death of 19-year-old Liam Smith who was shot outside Altcourse prison.”

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BBC News, 24th August 2007

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Boy is accused of sausage assault – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2007 in assault, news, young offenders by sally

“A 12-year-old boy was charged with assault and taken before the courts – for throwing a cocktail sausage.”

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BBC News, 22nd August 2007

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Post-jail help ‘may save £80m’ – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2007 in news, young offenders by sally

“About £80m a year could be saved by providing better support for young offenders leaving jail, a report says.”

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BBC News, 15th August 2007

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R (JL (by the Official Solicitor as litigation friend)) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted August 8th, 2007 in human rights, law reports, suicide, young offenders by sally

R (JL (by the Official Solicitor as litigation friend)) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department  

“Where there had been a death or near death in custody the state was obliged to conduct an enhanced investigation commenced by a person independent of those implicated in the facts. If the investigator found that the state or its agents potentially bore responsibility and that it was not plain that they could bear no responsibility it would be necessary to hold a further inquiry in the nature of a public hearing in which the next of kin or injured person could play a part.”

WLR Daily, 24th July 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Youth crime board is failing to meet targets, says report – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2007 in news, young offenders by sally

“The Youth Justice Board, set up seven years ago by Labour to cut juvenile crime, has failed to hit any of its key performance targets in the past 12 months, according to its annual report.”

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2007

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Three jailed for forcing man to fall 100ft to his death – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2007 in murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

“A 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend were jailed yesterday for torturing a friend with severe learning difficulties before forcing him to fall to his death from a 100ft railway viaduct.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2007

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Kiyan’s killer given life sentence – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2007 in murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

“A teenager has been sentenced to at least 13 years in prison for the murder of the promising young footballer Kiyan Prince, who was stabbed to death outside his school gates.”

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The Guardian, 26th July 2007

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Youth crime targets missed – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 25th, 2007 in criminal justice, news, young offenders by sally

“Increases in arrests of young people for petty crimes and anti-social behaviour have undermined Government efforts to reduce the number of youths entering the criminal justice system, according to a report.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2007

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Criminals have 40 chances to flout the rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2007 in news, young offenders by sally

“Young criminals placed on the Government’s flagship community punishment scheme could break the rules more than 40 times before being sent back to court, it has been disclosed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2007

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Coroner tells Straw to act now on restraint in child prisons – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2007 in inquests, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

“The coroner who presided over the inquest into the death of a 15-year-old who died after being restrained in a child jail has warned the justice secretary, Jack Straw, that it would be ‘wholly unforgivable’ if the lessons were delayed by a general review of the use of restraint announced yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 19th July 2007

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Child jail gets new head amid unease over use of restraint – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2007 in news, prisons, young offenders by sally

“A quarter of young offenders at a troubled privately run child jail have been moved out and a new director appointed after official concern over the rising use of restraint by staff to control violent teenagers.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2007

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