Waveney MP welcomes new education focus in youth justice system

Waveney MP Peter Aldous has welcomed new proposals from Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to help young offenders turn their backs on crime.

The new plans, published yesterday, 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 Peter Aldous said:

‘It is 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 Waveney to read the consultation document make submissions so that the views from our area can form part of the policy making process.’

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Peter holds regular surgeries at various locations in the constituency. Please call 01502 586568 to make an appointment.

Next Surgeries - 2018:
Lowestoft, Thursday 4th January
Beccles, Saturday 3rd February

 

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