House of Lords briefing during Ping Pong on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill creates secure colleges as a new form of youth custody. These will be very large institutions – the pathfinder is 320 bed – in which the Government intends to detain girls and boys between 12 and 17 years of age. The House of Lords voted to exclude girls and younger children from secure colleges but the House of Commons overturned this during ping-pong on 1 December.
Our joint briefing with the Standing Committee for Justice, the Prison Reform Trust and the Howard League for Penal Reform urges members of the House of Lords to keep girls and younger children out of secure colleges when they debate the Bill on 9 December.