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'CHILD JAILS' SURVIVE LORDS' ATTACKS

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The House of Lords last night voted 182 to 144 to approve the government's plans for a network of private 'child ja...
The House of Lords last night voted 182 to 144 to approve the government's plans for a network of private 'child jails' to hold persistent juvenile offenders as young as 12, The Guardian reports (p6).

The vote followed a barrage of criticism from senior Tories, the paper reports.

Former Conservative home secretary Lord Carr warned that it was too dangerous to bring together as many as 40 'acutely criminal children' in each of the five secure training centres.

'It would be far better to treat these people in small groups of two or three in local authority secure units in their home areas rather than gather them together,' Lord Carr said.
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