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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

April 25, 2007: Howard League Condemns Violence Against Children In Custody

The Howard League for Penal Reform has launched a partnership with Defence for Children International in the Netherlands, France and Belgium to prevent violence against children in custody.

Fundamental indicators will be developed, creating a framework for judging whether children in penal custody are the victims of violence. They will be presented to all 27 European governments in March 2008.

Research will be conducted in England and Wales, France, the Netherlands and Belgium over the coming year including interviews with children in custody. The indicators will include statistical information about the use of penal custody based on the principle enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Article 37 says that custody should be a measure of last resort and for the shortest possible time. The four organisations stated today that custody that does not conform to this principle constitutes a form of state-inflicted violence.

Howard League Director Frances Crook said:

“This is an historic opportunity to protect the rights of children in custody. We are going to develop a set of tests to hold European governments to account, judging whether the improper use of custody - and their treatment in custody - is victimising children. If children are the victims of violence while in custody, then there is every chance that they will revisit that violence on the community when released. Children in custody are still children and should be treated as such.”

A second element of the indicators will cover the treatment and conditions of children in custody and will include recommendations for inspection, advocacy, family contact and aftercare. The international project is funded by the European Union Daphne II programme to prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk.