Response to the Draft Framework on Early and Late Release for Detention and Training Orders
15 September 2021
“The draft framework is based on flawed assumptions about the youth justice system, children’s behaviour and the effectiveness of deterrence. However, the presumption in favour of early release has not changed and is instead buried pages into the document. The draft should be amended to accurately reflect the presumption in favour of early release and the exceptional nature of late release, to take the practicalities of securing accommodation and support into account and to inform children about their right to legal advice.
“The draft currently fails to do justice to the concepts of child first, procedural justice and constructive resettlement. Either these concepts should be removed or the framework should be changed to promote transparency, fairness, minimal intervention and children’s desistance in the community.”