Filkin calls for reduction of young people in prison

    Less young offenders in custody will allow prisons to offer more
    effective training and education programmes, Lord Filkin said
    today, writes Maria Ahmed.

    The parliamentary under-secretary of state for children and
    families told a conference in London that changes in sentencing
    policy were needed to allow the prison service “breathing space” to
    prepare inmates for employment when they were released.

    Speaking at Policy Review magazine’s annual crime and
    justice conference, he said “interrupted” learning remained a
    problem for young offenders who did not have the chance to complete
    or even begin courses due to pressures on the prison service.

    Research conducted for Community Care last year by the
    Prison Reform Trust found that the high turnover of 18-20-year-olds
    in prison meant many were unable to complete courses because they
    were moved so frequently around the secure estate.

    Lord Filkin said the prison service needed to deliver better
    training and education with the aim of getting more young offenders
    into employment.


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