Archive for the 'young offenders' Category

Teenage deaths in prison cause mounting concern – The Guardian

“Campaigners have voiced mounting concern over the recent deaths of five teenagers in five jails across England in just five weeks. In the latest case, Ryan Clark, aged 17, was found hanging in his cell at Wetherby young offenders’ institution, near Leeds, while on remand on 18 April. He was the first person under the age of 18 to die in prison custody for more than three and a half years.”

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The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Private prisons illegally restrain children – The Independent

“Juveniles in private prisons are at risk of serious injury or death through the use of illegal restraints, according to research by the penal reform charity the Howard League.”

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The Independent, 25th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lords reject government bid to bin Youth Justice Board – BBC News

“The government has been defeated in a vote in the House of Lords over plans to abolish the Youth Justice Board.”

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BBC News, 28th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Adult and juvenile reoffending statistics 2009 – Ministry of Justice

“Adult and juvenile reoffending statistics for 2009 were published by the Ministry of Justice today, showing a fall in re-offending by adults and juveniles.”

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Ministry of Justice, 17th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Youths face life for boy’s murder – The Independent

“Three youths face life sentences after being found guilty today of murdering schoolboy Nicholas Pearton.”

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The Independent, 10th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Teenagers jailed for running £16m internet crime forum – The Guardian

“Three teenagers who founded and operated one of the world’s largest English-language internet crime forums, described in court as ‘Crimebook’, have been sentenced to up to five years in custody.”

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Youth Justice Board commits to improve practice in response to children and young people’s views – Youth Justice Board

“The routine use of full searches will stop across the secure estate, there will be a review of the criteria used to separate young people in custody to manage problems that arise, complaints will be handled more fairly and effectively and work will be undertaken with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the Samaritans to improve the young people’s access to helpline services.”

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Youth Justice Board, 1st March 2011

Source: www.yjb.gov.uk

Young offenders leaving custody for life of homelessness and reoffending – The Guardian

“Children as young as 13 are being released from custody without a safe place to live, forcing them into a cycle of homelessness and reoffending, research has shown.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs in youth crime warning over funding cut plan – BBC News

“Crime may rise if funding is cut for youth offending prevention projects in England and Wales, MPs have warned.”

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BBC News, 15th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reduce youth crime through early intervention – Ministry of Justice

“Minister Crispin Blunt said spotting and acting on signs of criminality in a child’s early years is crucial to bringing down youth offending.”

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Ministry of Justice, 8th February 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New measures to tackle anti-social behaviour – The Independent

“A range of measures to tackle anti-social behaviour will be unveiled as the Government pledges to crack down on minor crime.”

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The Independent, 7th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Student protester who threw fire extinguisher from roof jailed – The Guardian

“A student who admitted throwing a fire extinguisher from the roof of Millbank Tower during November’s tuition fees protests was sentenced to 32 months in jail today by a judge who warned those who abuse the right of peaceful protest to expect lengthy custodial sentences.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Second inquest into death of youngest person to die in custody begins – The Guardian

“A second inquest into the death of the youngest person to die in custody begins today after a high court battle. Adam Rickwood was just 14 when he died in August 2004. He was found hanging in his cell in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre (STC), County Durham, hours after he was restrained by staff.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No action over Facebook Koran burning girl – BBC News

“No action is to be taken against a teenage girl in the West Midlands who burnt a copy of the Koran, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.”

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BBC News, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cost of youth crime rises to £1.2bn a year – The Guardian

“The cost of youth crime in Britain has risen sharply to £1.2bn a year due to more youngsters being imprisoned, according to a report by the Prince’s Trust and RBS.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crispin Blunt sets out vision for youth justice – Ministry of Justice

“Minister Crispin Blunt has set out his vision for the youth justice system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 24th November 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Vulnerable young people trapped in justice system – The Guardian

“Young people with mental illness and learning difficulties are being let down by youth justice system, a new report reveals.”

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The Guardian, 24th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Girl sentenced over Wolverhampton war memorial graffiti – BBC News

“A teenage girl who vandalised a city’s cenotaph has been told her actions were ‘despicable’.”

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BBC News, 18th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Half of young offenders say custody does not work – Daily Telegraph

“More than half of young offenders believe detention does nothing to stop them going back to crime, a study has revealed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teenagers jailed for killing suspected paedophile – Daily Telegraph

“A 15-year-old boy who killed a suspected paedophile ‘to teach him a lesson’ has been given a life sentence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teenage driver jailed for triple death crash – BBC News

“A teenage driver who killed three friends when he crashed into a lamp post has been jailed for three-and-a-half years at St Albans Crown Court.”

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BBC News, 5th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Youth jails yet to introduce new restraint system six years after deaths – The Guardian

“A new system of restraining troublesome children in privately run youth jails has still not come into effect six years after the deaths of two teenagers, the Ministry of Justice confirmed tonight.”

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The Guardian, 26th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenagers found guilty of stabbing to death alleged paedophile – The Guardian

“Two 15-year-olds were found guilty today of killing suspected paedophile Robert Daley.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Black and female young offenders ‘failed by legal advice’ – The Guardian

“Black and female young offenders are being denied access to justice because legal advice in young offenders’ institutions is sometimes unavailable, a report shows.”

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The Guardian, 5th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenager who paralysed man in drunken attack walks free because jail term not ‘useful’ – Daily Telegraph

“A teenager who left a man severely paralysed and able to communicate only by blinking has been spared jail after a judge ruled it would not be ‘useful’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teenage driver locked up for killing boy – The Independent

“A speeding teenage driver who collided with a 10-year-old boy and left him dying in the road as he fled the scene was sentenced to 30 months in a young offenders’ institution today.”

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The Independent, 30th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Disturbing case of young offender goes to European court – The Independent

“The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will this week hear claims from the British government that locking-up an emotionally disturbed young man and failing to prevent him from inflicting terrible self-harm does not merit an independent, public inquiry.”

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The Independent, 12th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Damilola Taylor killer Rickie Preddie freed from prison – BBC News

“One of the men convicted of killing 10-year-old Damilola Taylor has been released from prison.”

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BBC News, 8th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Leicester boy loses ‘laser pen’ appeal – BBC News

“A 14-year-old youth accused of shining a laser pen at a police helicopter in Leicester has failed to convince the High Court he should not be prosecuted.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Youngest’ female double murderer jailed – BBC News

“The girl thought to be Britain’s youngest female double murderer has been jailed for a minimum of 14 years. Lorraine Thorpe, now 16, of Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, was found guilty in August of murdering her father Desmond Thorpe and a woman called Rosalyn Hunt.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teenager sentenced for killing soldier – The Independent

“A teenager who killed a soldier just days before he was returning home to his family for Christmas was detained for two and half years today.”

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The Independent, 27th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tricky task of sentencing the young for serious crimes

“Two 11-year-old boys have been given a three-year supervision order for the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in a west London park. But how does the offenders’ age affect the sentence?”

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BBC News, 18th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Four-year-old apologises as part of scheme where criminals say sorry to victims – Daily Telegraph

“A boy aged four is believed to be the youngest child in Britain to be dealt with under a scheme which involves criminals apologising to victims.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teenager jailed for 20-minute attack on dog – The Independent

“A teenager was starting a 16-week sentence today after being caught on CCTV kicking and punching a dog in a 20-minute attack.”

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The Independent, 5th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Prolific’ teenage burglar jailed – The Independent

“A prolific teenage burglar who was given a chance to turn his back on a life of crime was jailed for five years today.”

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The Independent, 4th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Joint enterprise law questioned by mother of teen convict – The Guardian

“Garry Newlove’s death at the hands of a group of teenagers shocked Britain. Three years on, two of the women closest to the case are fighting very different battles”

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The Guardian, 4th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge’s fury at ‘insolent’ hoodie – Daily Telegraph

“Recorder Alun Jenkins QC warned barristers that any young defendants who fail to address him properly or to bow when entering court may be locked away immediately with their cases suspended.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Garry Newlove killer’s appeal dismissed – BBC News

“A teenager who kicked to death a father-of-three outside his Warrington home has lost a bid to challenge his conviction.”

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BBC News, 26th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Boys’ attempted rape conviction appeals rejected – BBC News

“Two boys who were found guilty of the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in west London have lost their appeals against their convictions.”

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BBC news, 27th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teenagers’ ‘happy slapping’ sentences to be reviewed – The Independent

“The Attorney General will review the sentences of two teenage members of a ‘happy slapping’ gang who killed a grandfather in a bid to determine whether they were too lenient, it was announced today.”

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The Independent, 29th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Theresa May to scrap asbos – The Guardian

“Senior Labour figures mounted a last-ditch defence of antisocial behaviour orders tonight after the home secretary, Theresa May, indicated she is to kill off Tony Blair’s flagship measure to deal with youth crime.”

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The Guardian, 28th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Schoolboys launch rape conviction appeal – The Independent

“Two boys found guilty of attempting to rape a girl of eight launch challenges against their convictions today.”

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The Independent, 27th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Happy slapping’ youths detained for grandfather death – BBC News

“Two teenage members of a ‘happy slapping’ gang who fatally beat a retired care worker in front of his young granddaughter in south London have been detained.”

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BBC News, 26th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Father jailed for attack on Teesside paramedics – BBC News

“An expectant father from Teesside who punched and kicked a two paramedics has been jailed for six months.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Young mother jailed for false rape claim against teenager – Daily Telegraph

“A young mother who made a false rape claim which led to a teenager being arrested has been given 15 months youth custody.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Innovative rehabilitation pilot – Ministry of Justice

“A young offenders institute in Reading is piloting a scheme that aims to reduce reoffending and anti-social behaviour among young offenders.”

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Ministry of Justice, 21st July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Revealed: brutal guide to punishing jailed youths – The Observer

“Shocking details of techniques used to inflict pain deliberately on children in privately run jails have been revealed for the first time in a government document obtained by the Observer.”

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The Observer, 18th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man who raped boy, 15, in Milton Keynes wood detained – BBC News

“A teenager from Milton Keynes who raped and beat a 15-year-old boy has been given an indeterminate sentence in a young offenders institution.”

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BBC News, 13th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Schoolboy jailed for life over fatal house fire – The Independent

“A schoolboy who took revenge for being dumped by killing his ex-girlfriend and her older sister in a house fire was jailed for life today. Akmol Miah, 15, must serve at least 23 years behind bars for murdering 15-year-old Maleha Masud and Nabiha Masud, 21, at their home in Tooting, south London.”

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The Independent, 9th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Child prison restraint rules to be disclosed – The Independent

“Child protection groups today welcomed the decision to disclose the contents of a secret manual governing the use of physical restraint in child prisons.”

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The Independent, 5th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Boy rapist’s life sentence reduced on appeal – BBC News

“A 12-year-old County Durham schoolboy who raped his teacher has had his life sentence reduced on appeal.”

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BBC News, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teenager jailed for murder over Facebook insult – The Guardian

“A 16-year-old boy who fatally stabbed a former friend over a ‘loss of face’ after they traded insults on Facebook was jailed for at least 14 years today.”

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenager sentenced for rape of boys – The Independent

“A teenager who raped two young boys has been sentenced to a community rehabilitation order, police said today.”

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The Independent, 14th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Teenage bullies jailed for firework attack death – The Independent

“Three teenagers who killed a woman by pushing a firework through her letterbox following a string of bullying attacks on her son were jailed today.”

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The Independent, 28th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Man killed because of ‘pussy’ insult on Facebook – The Independent

“A boy of 15 who fatally stabbed one of his former friends over a ‘loss of face’ after they traded insults on Facebook was convicted of murder yesterday.”

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The Independent, 27th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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