Children’s jail staff given wider powers of restraint – The Guardian

Posted June 19th, 2007 in news, young offenders by sally

“The rules governing the use of restraint techniques based on inflicting pain in privately-run children’s jails are to be widened to allow staff to use them to enforce everyday discipline, the Ministry of Justice confirmed yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 19th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘What gives them the right to hit a child in the nose?’ – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2007 in inquests, news, suicide, young offenders by sally

“At 14, Adam Rickwood became the youngest person to die in custody. This week, an inquest left more questions than answers.” 

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2007

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Rethink use of restraint on young offenders, urges coroner – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2007 in news, young offenders by sally

“A coroner called yesterday for an urgent review of the use of restraint on young offenders after a jury returned a suicide verdict on a vulnerable 14-year-old who hanged himself with his shoelaces at a privately-run secure unit.”

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The Guardian, 1st June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Raise the criminal age to 18’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 17th, 2007 in criminal responsibility, news, young offenders by sally

“The age of criminal responsibility should be raised from 10 to as high as 18, a report says today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2007 

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk  

Related link: Debating youth justice: from punishment to problem solving (PDF)

JPs ‘ignore advice of experts’ – The Times

Posted May 15th, 2007 in magistrates, news, young offenders by sally

“Magistrates’ decisions are made on the basis of stereotypes, and ignore advice from experts, research says.”

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The Times, 15th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Private van guards to assess whether young are tough enough for adult jails – The Guardian

Posted April 30th, 2007 in news, young offenders by sally

“Private security staff who operate prison vans will decide from today whether young adults awaiting trial in London are mentally strong enough to survive in the toughest prisons.”

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The Guardian, 30th April 2007

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Gang culture ‘death and devastation’ must end, says judge – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2007 in gangs, news, young offenders by sally

“The ‘death and devastation’ resulting from Britain’s gang and knife culture was condemned by a senior judge yesterday as he jailed a teenager for the murder of a street rival. Judge Gerald Gordon told the Old Bailey that there must be an end to families being torn apart by youth violence, often prompted by trivial disputes.”

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The Guardian, 28th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Senior judge hits out at knife culture – Reuters

Posted April 27th, 2007 in gangs, news, young offenders by sally

“A senior judge has criticised the growing knife culture for causing ‘death and devastation’ as he sentenced a teenager for the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy on a south London estate.”

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Reuters, 27th April 2007

Source: www.reuters.com

Persistent young offenders bulletins – Department for Constitutional Affairs

Posted April 13th, 2007 in statistics, young offenders by sally

“The bulletin gives overall national figures for arrest to sentence, for England and Wales, as well as figures for the Magistrates Court and Crown Court separately. On a quarterly basis, the figures are further broken down by Criminal Justice Areas.”

January 2007 (PDF)

Department for Constitutional Affairs, 13th April 2007

Source: www.dca.gov.uk