UK locks up most youth in Europe

    The UK arrests and imprisons more young people than other
    European countries, Brian Munday, senior lecturer at the European
    Institute of Social Services told delegates.

    The UK arrests a higher proportion of young people for every
    category of crime except rape and murder, he said during the youth
    justice debate.

    The institute, based at the University of Kent, has recently
    carried out a survey on youth justice projects across Europe on
    behalf of the Youth Justice Board, with the aim of examining what
    might be adapted for use in the UK.

    “All countries struggle to hold the balance between child
    welfare and the victim’s need for justice,” he said. “Most other
    countries put more emphasis on welfare than on punishing young
    offenders.”

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