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Children Jailed in 'Dire Conditions'

Magazine article Public Finance

Children Jailed in 'Dire Conditions'

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Children detained in prisons and young offenders institutions are exposed to such 'dire conditions' that they are living in 'modern day dungeons', according to a hard-hitting report by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

The report, published on August 17, paints a picture of 'extraordinary squalor and institutional brutality', with children regularly denied access to showers, toilets and outside exercise areas.

Detained children are also often subject to strip searches by adult staff and many institutions fail properly to undertake required assessments, plans and reviews.

Frances Crook, director of the Howard League, said: 'We keep children smelly and dirty, idle and frightened, bored with education and cooped up in modern-day dungeons. And we expect them miraculously to pupate into responsible citizens. …

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