Magazine article Public Finance

Cash Fails to Halt Youth Crime

Magazine article Public Finance

Cash Fails to Halt Youth Crime

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Ten years of bold reforms and massive investment have failed to have any measurable impact on reducing youth offending, says an authoritative new study.

The report, Ten years of Labour's youth justice reforms: an independent audit, by researchers at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Kings College, London, says the number of children being locked up has risen by 8% in the past three years, despite a target of a 10% reduction.

Since 2000/01, spending by the Youth Justice Board and the statutory agencies that contribute to Youth Offending Team budgets has increased in real terms by 45%, according to the audit.

Excluding the probation service, youth justice has received the largest real-terms increase of all the main criminal justice agencies.

The centre said that almost all the targets for accommodation, education, training and employment, substance misuse and mental health have been missed.

Enver Solomon, the report's coauthor, said the findings suggested the multi-agency youth offending teams were not necessarily working. …

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