Extent of injuries to children in private jails revealed

23 Nov 2011
The Guardian

‘The Guardian’ reports that according to Ministry of Justice figures, serious injuries or other life-threatening warning signs have been detected on 285 occasions when children have been physically restrained in privately run jails over the past five years. The figure reflects the number of “exception reports” submitted by the four privately run secure training centres to the youth justice board since 2006. The figures disclosure comes as a two-day High Court challenge is due to get underway over the Ministry’s refusal to identify and trace hundreds of children who have been unlawfully restrained in the privately run child jails using techniques that have since been banned. Children’s rights campaigners believe they should be entitled to compensation.

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