A Young Offenders Academy represents progressive change. It would reduce the child custody population and substantially cut the present levels of reoffending.
Such a change would be an effective way to take forward the encouraging proposals outlined in the new Ministry of Justice Green Paper, Breaking the Cycle. The Ministerial foreword acknowledges very serious defects and states that “it is also not acceptable that 75% of offenders sentenced to youth custody reoffend within a year. If we do not prevent and tackle reoffending by young people, then the young offenders of today will become the prolific career criminals of tomorrow”.