young offenders

HMYOI Cookham Wood: Level of violence are ‘too high’ say inspectors

  Levels of violence among child criminals are “too high” and need to be tackled as a priority, according to a report. Inspectors raised concerns about the conditions at Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution (YOI) in Kent, which holds up to 188 boys aged between 15 and 18. It was branded “not sufficiently good” in […]

Damning Thematic Review on Separation of Children in YOI’s

Children are being held in “harmful” solitary confinement behind bars, with some let out of their cells for just 15 minutes a day, according to a damning report. The Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke has called for a “major overhaul” of the policy of separating children in young offender institutions (HMYOIs), saying this effectively […]

HMYOI Huntercombe: IMB Report for 2018 finally published, almost a year after the reporting period ended. The Independent Monitoring Board for HMYOI Huntercombe has finally published its annual report for the period January to December 2018, almost a year after the reporting period. It is now available in the updated entry for Huntercombe on The Prison Oracle – link. Mark Leech, Editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales […]

Child criminals are being “set up to fail” on release from custody

Child criminals are being “set up to fail” on release from custody because there is inadequate support in place to help them turn their life around, according to inspectors. The probation and prison watchdogs reviewed the support boys aged 12 to 17 received from services in their first three months after release. They followed 50 who had […]

Wetherby IMB say Young Offender violence must be stopped

Calls have been made for urgent action to tackle the causes of violent behaviour resulting in “more and more” people being sent to young offender institutions. The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at HM YOI Wetherby made the plea to the Government in its 2018/19 report on the establishment. The young offender institution in West Yorkshire […]

Prison Officer stabbed at HMYOI Swinfen Hall

A prison officer has been stabbed in an incident at a jail for young offenders. The staff member at HMP/YOI Swinfen Hall was attacked on Friday, but it is understood the injuries were not serious and they were able to leave hospital later that day. Security has been increased as well as searches, since the incident, and […]

Teenagers attack staff ‘for honour’ in Feltham A youth prison

Reported in The Times today 6th August 2019. Inmates are attacking officers as a “mark of honour” at a young offender institution plagued by gang allegiances and rivalries. Staff at Feltham A in west London are also being assaulted by teenagers when they try to stop them attacking each other. Separating gangs has dominated prison […]