MoJ’s Youth Justice Statistics show mixed results for 2016

Youth prison population falls 66 percent in 10 years but self-harm and assault is up, says report

 

The number of 10-17 year-olds in prison has fallen 66 percent between 2006 and 2016 and the number of first time entrants to the Youth Justice System has fallen by 83 percent in the same period, says the government’s latest Youth Justice Statistics report, published today.

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Immigration Detention Dispatch – 23 November 2016

TB scare at Yarl’s Wood and film crew gets invite to detention island

Catch up on the fortnight’s immigration detention news and parliamentary debate

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HMP Pentonville and HMP Bedford

Proof that the prison system is crumbling?

Category B HMP Bedford Prison. Image: LawPages

Category B HMP Bedford Prison. Image: LawPages

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In the space of 24 hours a riot at HMP Bedford and two escapees from HMP Pentonville drew the country’s attention to the UK’s struggling prison estate.

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What you need to know about solitary confinement in prisons in England & Wales

Segregation units harm both mental and physical health 

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

Credit: Prison Reform Trust

 

Prisoners held in solitary confinement in England and Wales are kept in hopeless enclosed spaces that can damage both their physical and mental health. A disproportionate number of inmates are Muslim and some are mere teens. Many stays are short, but some are held for years at an annual cost of £100,000.

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Nine charts and tables on children in UK courts and prisons

Good and bad news for young people in trouble 

Source: Publik15 on Flickr

 

The state of the youth justice system in the United Kingdom has been laid bare in a new report by the National Association of Youth Justice (NAYJ), which campaigns for a child-friendly youth justice system. The charts and tables below tell the story, much of it positive.

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Prisons in Parliament – 5 October

Women offenders discussed in Scotland, and in Northern Ireland, Desistance debated

Stormont discusses Desistance this week.

The benches of Westminster may still be empty, but prisons have been topping the agenda in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here. 

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Prison: The economic case for rehabilitation

Ever wondered how much it would cost to go to prison? We’ve done the maths for you 

How much does a place in prison cost? Source: Flickr, 1Slecta

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The average annual cost of a prison place is £36,237, that might seem pretty steep but it’s actually falling. The cost to the taxpayer, however, is increasing year on year.

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Five more facts on immigration detention centres in England & Wales from the Chief Inspector

Latest HMIP report reveals torture victims are kept locked up indefinitely

A family outside a US detention centre, similar to UK centres.  Source: Seattle Globalist, Flickr

A family outside the US’s Northwest Detention Centre, similar in appearance to the UK’s centres.
Source: Seattle Globalist, Flickr

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British detention centres lock children and torture victims in prison-like conditions and denied access to crucial services according to Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

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Five key figures on immigration detention centres in England & Wales from the Chief Inspector

Legal aid cuts, staff blunders and failing systems revealed in latest HMIP report

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Immigration detention centres in England & Wales hold minors “in error”, imprison adults for unlimited periods and deny detainees access to legal services according to the latest HMIP annual report.

Here are the important numbers from the report.

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Children in prison in England & Wales – chief inspector reports

Young people suffer assault, restraint and solitary confinement 

HMIP child in prison

Source: HMIP

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Children in prison in England & Wales are experiencing high levels of assault, restraint and solitary confinement according to the latest annual report from the Chief Inspector.

But education and living conditions are improving. Here are the main findings from the report.

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