Speech given to the Youth crime and public policy interventions conference, University of Surrey, Friday, 4 July 2017
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has welcomed the decision by the Ministry of Justice to scrap its plans for a so-called 'secure college' for young prisoners. The announcement was made yesterday in parliament, by prisons minister Andrew Selous.
Answering a question from Conservative MP, Suella Fenandes, Mr Selous said:
J M Moore explores the Harris Review into self inflicted deaths in custody and warns that despite the report's focus on vulnerabilities, progressive reforms will always be temporary
The proportion of black and ethnic minority children and young people held in the youth justice system has increased sharply over the last decade, according to an analysis by The Guardian. The original data comes from the Youth Justice Board and includes young offender institutions, secure detention centres and secure training centres in England and Wales.
Ayesha Carmouche, Policy and Parliamentary Officer at INQUEST, writes about the failure of prisons to protect children and young people in their care and deal with their social problems.
Two weeks ago our Director, Richard Garside, wrote to Andrew Selous MP, the Minister for prisons, probation and rehabilitation, about the government's secure college proposal.
The Minister has now replied. His letter can be downloaded below.
In his letter Mr Selous:
Following a letter published last week in the Daily Telegraph against the 'warehousing' of young people, we were one of a number of organisations invited to attend a meeting at the Ministry of Justice on 21 October 2014.