Wednesday 3 February 2021 / 4:49 PM David Lammy / Youth

Labour condemns ‘Dickensian conditions’ of youth prisons

The HM Chief Inspector of Prisons’ damning first annual report has found that “grim” youth prisons are not working, with only 55% of children in custody reporting their experiences in custody had made them less likely to re-offend, and four in 10 reporting being “bullied” by staff.


David Lammy MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the report, said:

“The government’s mishandling of our youth justice system is both inhumane and counter-productive, leaving nearly half of child offenders just as likely to re-offend when they are let out.

“The Dickensian conditions Ministers have allowed to fester are preventing child offenders from getting a shot at redemption as well as endangering the public.”