'Secure college' to be built for young offenders

A "secure college" will be built in Leicestershire to try to improve the education opportunities available to young offenders, the Government has announced. The £85 million facility will have space for 320 pupils aged between 12 and 17-years-old.

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Govt plans £85m 'secure college' for young offenders

An £85 million "secure college" is to be built as part of Government plans to improve education for those under the age of 18 who are convicted of a crime.

Justice minister Chris Grayling said he wanted to tackle the "root cause" of youth offending. Credit: PA

Up to 320 young offenders aged between 12 and 17-years-old will be housed in the Leicestershire building, which is expected to open in 2017.

The facility will be run by a head teacher or principal rather than a prison governor, backed up by a team of education professionals who will care for inmates housed on the site in living blocks.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Nearly three-quarters of young offenders who leave custody re-offend within a year; clearly the system as it is at the moment isn't working.

"It's right that the most serious or persistent young offenders face custody but we must use this time to tackle the root cause of their offending and give them the skills and self-discipline they need to gain employment or training upon release."

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