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Maggie Blyth, Chris Wright, and Robert Newman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422613

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422613.001.0001

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The cost of custody: whose responsibility?

The cost of custody: whose responsibility?

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(p.35) 3 The cost of custody: whose responsibility?
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Children and young people in custody
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Rob Allen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422613.003.0004

The government changes of 2007, which restored to the department responsible for children's welfare a share in responsibility for youth justice in the United Kingdom, has reopened an important set of questions about agency responsibility for young offenders at the local level. At the same time, there is a renewed and growing interest in how resources are used in the criminal justice system as a whole and whether increasing use of imprisonment represents a cost-effective response to crime. There seems to be widespread agreement that there is too much use of both custodial remands and sentences, but strategies to reduce it have so far met with limited success. Custodial establishments for juveniles fall broadly into three categories: young offender institutions, which form part of the Prison Service; secure children's homes, largely run by local authorities; and secure training centres, run by private companies. Introducing a radical new way of financing custody for juveniles offers the prospect of substantial reductions in its use, something that other initiatives have failed to produce.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, children, young offenders, custody, secure children's homes, youth justice, young offender institutions, secure training centres

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