Ahead of Criminal Justice and Courts Bill Ping Pong on Monday 1st December, the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, the Howard League for Penal Reform, the Prison Reform Trust, and the Children’s Rights Alliance for England have produced a joint briefing for MPs. We urge them to accept a Lords amendment to prevent girls and younger children being held in secure colleges.
The Bill introduces secure colleges as a new form of youth custody, in which the Ministry of Justice intends to hold girls and boys between 12 and 17 years of age. However, the House of Lords voted to exclude girls and children under-15 from secure colleges. This amendment will be considered by the House of Commons on Monday 1st December. We urge MPs to accept it and keep girls and younger children safe.
The briefing is available here.