Recently the Ministry of Justice begun consulting on proposals that would remove 18-20 year olds from the young adult secure estate. This would mean that children turning 18 in prison will go straight from the youth secure estate to an adult prison. SCYJ are concerned about the effects this will have on young people and have outlined those concerns in a letter to the Ministry of Justice.
Recently, the Law Society proposed amendments which would allow for Injunction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNA) applications against children to be heard the county court in certain circumstances. SCYJ believe all IPNA applications against children should be heard in the youth court. The county court does not have sufficient expertise to hear cases against children fairly.
SCYJ have since signed a joint letter to the Minister in charge of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill – Lord Taylor of Holbeach – urging the government not to change their existing policy on IPNA applications on children. Read the letter here.
The Standing Committee for Youth Justice coordinated a series of amendments and briefings with the Children’s Society, Liberty, JUSTICE and the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) for the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.
The amendments, organised by each individual organisation, covered a range of issues including:
- Imprisonment as a sanction for breach of a CBO and Disperal Order for under-18s (read here)
- The change to the definition of anti-social behaviour to “likely to cause nuisance or annoyance” and the lowering of the burden of proof to “balance of probabilities” (read the JUSTICE briefing here and the CJA briefing here)
- The naming and shaming of under-18s (read here)
- The lack of discretion granted to judges when considering eviction proceedings (read here)
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