Services for young offenders too slow and inconsistent

Scotland’s first comprehensive study of all services to
young offenders has been published. The report by Audit Scotland
has found that the system for dealing with young offenders is too
slow, with services varying across the country, writes
Shona Main

It also reports that an alarming 60 per cent of those young
people imprisoned will go on to re-offend.

The report is critical of the way in which money is spent and
the highlights the impact made by the lack of human resources.
Around 60 per cent of £240 million total expenditure for youth
justice is spent on prosecuting and reaching decisions about young
offenders rather than services to tackle offending behaviour.

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