CAMPAIGNS – POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
Thanks to Lilian Pons for drawing our attention to this latest expression of the authoritarianism at the heart of the Coalition’s neo-liberal mind-set.
‘Branded a ‘secure college’, the government is planning to build one of the largest children’s prisons in Europe. At a cost of £85 million, they plan to coop up 320 troubled young people on a single site. Children’s prisons are violent and dangerous environments which fail to turn lives around and threaten public safety.
Young people who end up in the criminal justice system have a whole host of complex needs, from backgrounds of abuse or neglect to poor educational attainment. All evidence shows these problems can be tackled through effective community sentences. They are never resolved behind the walls of a huge prison.
The very small number of children who truly require custody should be held in very small secure homes, focused on their complex welfare needs.‘
We are asked to sign the No to Children’s Super Prison petition.