The report by the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, entitled Wasted Lives, is based on detailed interviews with 45 young offenders. Most had a history of involvement with social services and 28% had been in children's homes.
The report found that 29 of the youths came from a family where another member had been active in crime. It revealed that for offenders taken into care before being convicted, there is a cost of£4,000 for care proceddings.
Local authority residential care costs an average£600 a week, foster care between£100 and£500 and residence in a local authority secure unit at between£1,800 and£3,450 a week. The overall sum includes an estimated£7,000 a year for special education.