Banging up young offenders in adult jails is a bad idea

Palesa Manaleng
According to the Guardian, one hundred and fifty six young people have ended their lives behind bars in the last 10 years.
An independent inquiry into the deaths in prison of 18- to-24-year-olds in England and Wales set up by the government, led by the Labour peer Lord Harris, will not cover the deaths of children under 18 who have died in young offender institutions and secure training centres.
Eight children have died in custody in the last 10 years, two of whom died during, or after, being unlawfully restrained.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was committed to the safety of offenders and to reducing the number of people dying in Custody.
Mr Grayling said “Although there are already comprehensive investigations into individual deaths we recognise there is benefit at this time in collating lessons that may be system-wise.
Young inmate looking depressed in prison cell

Read more on prison deaths:
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Another Ohio prisoner found dead, ninth suicide this year


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