Peers set to block law on being annoying in public

The criminalisation of young people (in the main) continues apace, then. On the BBC: A group of peers will try to block a law under which courts could stop people being annoying in public later. Ministers want to replace anti-social behaviour orders in England and Wales with injunctions to prevent nuisance and annoyance. Courts could impose these on anyone engaging […]

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"AFFLUENZA" AND THE CHILDREN OF THE OTHER 99%

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In case any of you, like me, couldn’t believe their eyes when they first read this, it is actually all true. Affluenza (the notion that the rich can be forgiven for being feckless and irresponsible because they’re so, well, rich) is A Thing now. I don’t know if that’s the correct definition of the term, by the way, but it might as well […]

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Young people in custody live with daily violence, says report

The lobby group Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) have released a report on children’s experiences of violence in custody. The report concluded that violence is an “everyday” occurrence in custody, and that custodial staff are sometimes violent to inmates beyond the realms of their job description. The report was lead by a group of five young people who were currently, or had previously, […]

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Britain’s still locking up children

The report published today by HM Inspectorate of Prisons into the government’s first “family friendly” detention facility for parents and children awaiting forced removal from the UKis a mixed bag. The chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, describes the unit – Cedars, near Gatwick – as an “exceptional facility”. But there is also plenty of criticism in his report. Hardwick […]

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Children behind bars: US young offenders

A 12-year-old juvenile in his windowless cell at Harrison County Juvenile Detention Centre in Biloxi, Mississippi, operated by Mississippi Security Services, a private company. There is currently a lawsuit against MSS that forced it to reduce the centre’s population. [All photographs and words taken from the book Juvenile In Justice, by Richard Ross. See the complete project and follow the blog at juvenile-in-justice.com.] […]

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Youth justice and Government cuts

Government cuts affecting today’s youth are one of the areas we at Judge and Juvie are looking to explore as we blog about youth justice. As we focus on what the law actually means for youth in the UK, how government is looking to change that law and what that means for policing on the ground, Judge and Juvie also […]

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Predicting young criminals

This is an article worth reading (including the comments). [Read more: crimetalk] The film Minority Report (2002) tells the story of a “pre-crime unit” who predict the criminals of the future, and before they commit the crime punish them. Law enforcement officials intervene and prevent the crime from taking place. The “potential offender” is then punished for the act they were going […]

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Justice Department Report on Sexual Assault in Juvenile Detention Minimizes Violence

From thecurvature.com. Trigger Warning for discussions of sexual violence against youth in juvenile detention. The Department of Justice has just released its Report on Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Correctional Facilities (pdf). While presenting an excellent opportunity to meaningfully engage with the widespread problem of sexual abuse in juvenile detention, as Just Detention notes in its response to the report, the […]

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