By Maggie Blyth, Chris Wright, Robert Newman

During the last decade, the reformed formative years justice procedure has obvious raises within the numbers of kids and youth in custody, a pointy upward thrust in indeterminate sentences and the continued deaths of younger prisoners. the most important share of investment in early life justice at nationwide point is spent on delivering areas for kids and youngsters who've been remanded and sentenced to custody. The booklet of the "Youth Crime motion Plan" in the course of 2008 and the expanding emphasis on early intervention presents a framework to think about back the interplay among neighborhood prone and safe residential placements. This document brings jointly contributions from top specialists on youth and legal justice to seriously study present coverage and practice.There are very important questions for either coverage and perform on no matter if the configuration of the present safe property reduces reoffending or even if other kinds of residential placements are more beneficial. The record appears to be like at present methods to the sentencing and custody of kids and youth, prevention of reoffending and a variety of replacement regimes.

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Audit Commission, 2004) Given local authorities’ responsibilities for children in need, there is a strong argument that those in the criminal justice system should be brought more fully within their ambit. Many children in social, educational or mental health need for whom authorities and their local partners have existing responsibilities are exactly the same children who end up going to custody (Allen et al, 2007). Strengthening and integrating the preventive and rehabilitative response to this group of children across the age range and across their involvement with the state seems an obvious task for local government.

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The centres provide places for both boys and girls, and there is a dedicated unit for mothers and babies at one centre. The ownership of these centres is highly complex and has changed over the years as a result of various mergers and takeovers among the larger companies, of which the STCs are subsidiaries. The ‘parent’ companies have diverse service portfolios across a range of security, penal and related areas of work. The nature of the contract arrangements varies across the different STCs, and the focus of external management is pretty much driven by the need to ensure compliance with the specific demands of the contract.

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