Transforming Youth Custody

Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett has welcomed new proposals from the Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, to help young offenders turn their backs on crime.

The new plans, published last week, explore a radically different approach. Transforming Youth Custody: Putting Education at the Heart of Detention aims to deliver value for the taxpayer, reduce reoffending and set young offenders on the path to a better life.

At present, the average cost of a youth custodial place is £100,000 a year – with some as much as £200,000. 73 percent of young offenders who leave custody reoffend within a year.

Welcoming the announcement Mr Evennett said:

“It is absolutely vital that we tackle re-offending. If we can succeed in turning troubled young people away from a life of crime, and cut reoffending rates, that will mean less crime, fewer victims and safer communities. By putting education at the heart of the approach we can help young offenders to get on in life and make a contribution to society.

“I urge local youth charities, education experts and other interested parties in Bexley to read the consultation document and make submissions so that the views from our area can form part of the policy making process.”

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We cannot go on just doing more of the same, pouring more money into a system doesn’t work in the hope of a different outcome. That doesn’t make any sense to the taxpayer, or to the young people who we should be trying to get back on the straight and narrow.”