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MP welcomes plans to help young offenders

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

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AN MP has welcomed Government plans to help young offenders turn their backs on crime.

Andrew Bridgen, who represents North West Leicestershire for the Tories, spoke after Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling published plans designed to cut re-offending and give taxpayers value for money while setting young offenders on the path to a better life.

He said: “It is absolutely vital we tackle re-offending.

“If we can succeed in turning troubled young people away from a life of crime and cut re-offending rates, that will mean less crime, fewer victims and safer communities.

“By putting education at the heart of the approach we can help young offenders to get on in life and make a contribution to society.

“I urge local youth charities, education experts and other interested parties in North West Leicestershire to read the consultation document and make submissions so that views from our area can form part of the policy-making process.”

Mr Bridgen said the average cost of a single place in youth custody was £100,000 a year, although he pointed out that some cost as much as £200,000.

He said almost three-quarters of young offenders re-offended within a year of leaving custody.

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