The government and public bodies often refuse to release the data they hold on confidentiality grounds.
But as Pippa Goodfellow from the Standing Committee for Youth Justice pointed out, the data always seems to be available to government when it suits them.
She was speaking in response to a question from Kirsty Kitchen of Birth Companions, who highlighted the lack of publicly-available data on prisoners. This made it difficult to plan services and hold the prison service to account.
Pippa recounted a conversation she had several years ago with a group of young people, who pointed out that criminal justice agencies "always seem to have data when they want to use it against us".
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