By Maggie Blyth, Chris Wright, Robert Newman

During the last decade, the reformed formative years justice process has visible raises within the numbers of kids and teenagers in custody, a pointy upward push in indeterminate sentences and the continued deaths of younger prisoners. the most important percentage of investment in early life justice at nationwide point is spent on supplying areas for kids and teens 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 contemplate back the interplay among neighborhood providers and safe residential placements. This document brings jointly contributions from best specialists on kids and legal justice to seriously research present coverage and practice.There are important questions for either coverage and perform on even if the configuration of the present safe property reduces reoffending or no matter if different kinds of residential placements are more beneficial. The document seems at present techniques to the sentencing and custody of kids and children, prevention of reoffending and various replacement regimes.

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The Prison Service accounts make it difficult to assess the costs of YOI places for juveniles other than for the four male-only establishments. The accounts show that, in 2007-08, the cost per prisoner place in these varied from £34,373 at Wetherby to £45,634 at Werrington (Prison Service, 2008). The variation is largely explained by differences in staffing ratios. 6. The cost per prisoner at Huntercombe, £37,322, was however higher than at Wetherby, although its staffing ratio was lower – 10 staff for every 12 prisoners (Hansard, 2008c).

If this is the case then there are decisions to make about what this should mean in terms of the circumstances in which young people are locked up and what kind of experiences are provided for them in the establishments where they serve their sentences. This chapter attempts to look ‘under the skin’ of the custodial regime and explore some of the critical factors influencing a young person’s experience of custody and therefore its potential for providing positive experiences and opportunities for growth and development.

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