The state of youth custody in 2017

The state of youth custody in 2017

On the 18th July 2017 the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, published his annual report for the period 2016-17. Here’s what it said… Get the audio versions of my newer posts on ‘Jonny 24/7’ – here… This report makes grim...

Gang members: hidden victims?…

Gangs are a bit scary. Kids in gangs certainly don’t look like victims. In fact the word “gang” itself evokes images of violent young people, up to no good and creating victims of crime. We know there’s more to it than that. For instance gang...

Gang membership & mental health…

“It’s a thug’s life!” So said one of the lads I worked with in youth justice, when I asked about the violence he’d seen, suffered and taken part in. Gang membership was part of the problem. We spent the next two years working to help him...

Gangs: a danger to our daughters…

When I think of gangs, I tend to think about groups of kids who, in some cases, might be a risk to others. For the most part, I don’t connect gang membership itself as being risky to young people in the same gang. But, along with abuse from other gangs this is...