Second juvenile death in custody this year

    The Howard League for Penal Reform today slammed the penal
    system for failing children following the second death of a
    juvenile in custody this year, writes Clare
    Jerrom
    .

    A 17-year-old boy was found hanging in Hindley prison yesterday.
    A 16-year-old was found hanging in the segregation unit of
    Lancaster Farms prison in January.

    “This boy was only one month older than my own child and
    my heart grieves for his family,” said Frances Crook,
    director of the penal reform charity. “We must all make sure
    no other family ever suffers in the same way.”

    “We must end child death in custody,” Crook
    concluded.

    The charity is set to launch a national campaign calling for the
    end of the use of prison custody for children and to encourage the
    use of more effective ways of dealing with children who commit
    crime.

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