Secure Colleges

Justice written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons about his plans to introduce secure colleges.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In April 2013 Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) submitted a response to the Government's Transforming Youth Custody consultation, which set out our proposals for secure colleges.

The Government value the important role HMIP performs in inspecting custodial establishments. We are therefore legislating in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill for HMIP, along with Ofsted, to have a duty to inspect secure colleges.

On 10 March 2014, I met with the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Government’s proposals for secure colleges were discussed. In addition, my officials have had, and continue to have, discussions with the Chief Inspector's staff in order to develop, in conjunction with Ofsted, arrangements for the inspection of secure colleges.

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