7 Jan 2008

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive at The Children's Society, comments on a poll commissioned by Smart Justice which found that 62% of people agreed "prison doesn't work for young offenders as it turns them into professional criminals":

"Smart Justice's survey confirms that the public want a seismic shift in the way we treat children in trouble with the law, as they know that locking them up is failing the children themselves, the victims of crime and society as a whole. We hope that MPs listen to the public’s rational perception of what changes are needed and act now to revolutionise the youth justice system, replacing expensive custody with community-based sentences that will rehabilitate these young people and reduce re-offending. The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill currently before Parliament offers a rare opportunity to do just that.”

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