Black and female young offenders ‘failed by legal advice’

Black and female young offenders are being denied access to justice because legal advice in young offenders’ institutions is sometimes unavailable, a report shows.

A study of 25 young offenders’ institutions and almost 300 requests for legal help from young people found that 80% of those struggling to access legal advice are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and 9% are female – almost double the number in the overall prison population.

The report, published tomorrow by a group of organisations that work with young offenders, also found that one third of young offenders seeking legal advice had been unable to arrange accommodation, prolonging their period in detention.

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