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A new study led by researchers from King’s College London, the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London, will investigate whether a drug called methylphenidate (MPH) reduces symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and antisocial behaviour in young male prisoners with the disorder. Around 30 per cent of young prisoners are…
An expansion of the use of electronic tags to help reduce reoffending has been proposed by the Scottish Government. Pilot projects will see GPS tracking, alcohol monitoring technology and tagging as an alternative to remand used in Scotland for the first time. The plans, announced on Tuesday by Justice Secretary…
Re-offending rates among criminals given short jail sentences remain high and public protection work is "weak" despite a probation revolution, watchdogs have warned. Risks of harm presented by prisoners are not always recognised and victims are not always protected, according to an assessment of a key plank of a shake-up…
Children are held in youth prisons as far as 187 miles (300km) from home, a report has revealed. Inspectors found that young inmates in custody further from home had fewer visits from family and friends. One boy was 187 miles from home and had not received a family visit in…
A new bilingual e-learning module on assessing and meeting the care and support needs of individuals in the secure estate is now available on the Care Council for Wales' Learning Zone. It’s the third e-learning module to be added to the site since its launch in January, following on from…
One in three homeless 16 and 17-year-olds who were working with youth offending teams had been placed in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation. That's according to independent inspectors who have published a new report, 'Accommodation of homeless 16- and 17-year-old children working with youth offending teams'. The report reflects the findings…
The first person to be charged by detectives investigating allegations of abuse and mistreatment of youngsters at a youth jail will appear in court today. Rebecca Harold, 24, was charged with common assault by Kent Police in July and will appear at Medway Magistrates' Court later. Nine other people arrested…
Children at a school for young offenders were given drugs in an experimental trial approved by Home Office doctors in the 1960s, it has been reported. National Archive files show that disruptive boys at Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire were given the anticonvulsant drug Beclamide for six months…
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