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One in three prisoners said they had taken drugs formerly known as "legal highs" in the last month, a poll found. Of 625 respondents, 33% of inmates reported having used Spice - a synthetic substance which mimics the effects of cannabis - in recent weeks. This means it is now…
Children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted of a crime than other young people, new research has found. A review by Lord Laming for the Prison Reform Trust also found that half the children serving time in youth custody came from foster or residential…
The Ministry of Justice is to take over the running of a scandal-hit youth prison, according to reports. Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, was at the centre of claims that staff assaulted children. The Government will start operating the facility - currently run by G4S - through the…
Researchers from the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University have been awarded funding by the Welsh government to evaluate their essential skills training for offenders serving sentences in the community. The researchers will undertake the evaluation of Education Training and Employment (ETE); one of the seven pathways to reducing…
Safety concerns have been raised about a young offender institution due to violence and bullying, an inspection report has revealed. One in four boys reported feeling unsafe at the time of the unannounced inspection at HMYOI Werrington, near Stoke-on-Trent. But watchdogs also said the establishment had done well to maintain…
The Youth and Criminal Justice in Scotland: the young person’s journey is an online resource that aims to simplify how the youth and criminal justice system works for under 18s in Scotland. Developed by Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) in partnership with Iriss and in consultation with a…
This report presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF). The aim of the evaluation was to provide a comprehensive assessment of the extent to which the Public Social Partnership (PSP) model delivers effective mentoring services that reduce the risk of reoffending and support…
Young offenders could serve their sentences in "secure schools" rather than prisons under a radical overhaul of youth custody. Proposals being considered by ministers would see criminals aged under 18 placed in "more therapeutic" settings with a greater focus on education and preparing them for life in the community. David…