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Locking up or giving up - is custody for children always the right answer?

Author : Jane Glover and Pam Hibbert (2008)

Price : Free

This briefing examines the latest available government data for England and Wales (1996-2006) and reveals that despite continued low levels of violent crime, the use of custody for children aged 10-14 has increased 550%.

It shows that these children are increasingly being locked up for less serious offences such as breach, summary offences and burglary. The briefing argues that custody is ineffective, expensive and effectively ¿writes off¿ children before the age of 14. Barnardo¿s calls for a change in sentencing thresholds so that a child under 15 cannot be sent to custody unless they have committed ¿grave¿ crimes or violent offences, and asks for greater investment in early support services for young people and their families.

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Associated subjects and types

Policy and research documents, Campaign documents, Youth justice


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