Clegg vows to tackle youth offending on visit to Kent

The Deputy Prime Minister has unveiled radical proposals to stop youth reoffending on a visit to Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute in Rochester.

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Young offenders forced back to the classroom - Clegg

Nick Clegg and Chris Grayling at Cookham Wood Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nick Clegg said that as part of his proposals, young offenders would be forced to go back to the classroom to help them develop skills for when they return to the community.

Currently, young offenders spend on average just 12 hours a week in education. That would be more than doubled.

Additionally a pioneering Secure College will be built in the East Midlands.

The fortified school will provide young offenders with strong discipline, while focusing squarely on rehabilitation and education.

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