Prisons: Spending

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 22 October 2007.

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Photo of Lord Thomas of Gresford Lord Thomas of Gresford Spokesperson in the Lords (Shadow Attorney General), Home Affairs 2:52, 22 October 2007

My Lords, how much will be saved from the treatment of young offenders under the age of 18 with mental health problems or learning disabilities by the purchase of batons to beat them with, and is the Minister not ashamed of that policy announced at the weekend?

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Pauline Campbell
Posted on 24 Oct 2007 1:00 pm (Report this annotation)

Beating young offenders in custody [with truncheons] is not the answer, as Ministers well know. It is difficult to reconcile the fact that we are supposed to be a civilised society with the fact that Government is to consider allowing staff at Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) to use batons to control children as young as 15.

My teenage daughter died in the so-called care of a YOI in 2003 (and her death was not suicide). I have made my views on the use of batons perfectly clear in a letter published in today's Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,,2197762,00.html