Sharp rise in young offenders at risk of suicide or self-harm

Sharp rise in young offenders at risk of suicide or self-harm
The Independent on Sunday, 15 August 2004
The number of young offenders considered suicidal or highly vulnerable who were sent to jail last year has risen more than sevenfold in three years. New government figures for 2003-04 show that 3,337 teenagers sent to prison were deemed at risk of self-harm or had been bullied and abused, compared with 432 cases of at-risk girls and boys aged five to 18 who were placed in youth offending institutions in 2000-01. […] Home Office officials are understood to have suppressed publication of the report because the findings are politically sensitive at a time when the Government wants to appear tough on crime. http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/story.jsp?story=551563

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