Win for child protection: huge child prison axed

The prisons minister, Andrew Selous, has confirmed in an answer to a parliamentary question that the government will not be pressing ahead with building a huge child prison in Leicestershire. Legislation was passed last year that would have permitted the detention of children aged 12-17 years in ‘secure colleges’ – large prisons staffed by custody … Read more

Another child dies in prison

Article 39 is deeply saddened to hear that another child has died in prison. The Youth Justice Board, which allocates children to prison places, reported the death yesterday. The boy was found in his cell at Cookham Wood young offender institution early Saturday morning. The Board’s statement says there is presently “no indication” the child … Read more

Prison is no place for children

Today’s Guardian newspaper features two letters condemning the abuse of children in prison: a joint letter from Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s director, and Deb Coles, co-director of INQUEST; and a letter from the mother of Joseph Scholes. Sixteen year-old Joseph died in scandalous conditions in Stoke Heath young offender institution in 2002. The coroner who … Read more