a place of detention for persons under 21 years of age. The idea is to keep the younger offender away from the older and more experienced criminals in the adult prisons that would otherwise become ‘academies of crime’.
I write as the grieving mother of another teenager who died whilst in the so-called care of a young offender institution. My only child Sarah, 18, died in January 2003, one day into a sentence at HMP & YOI Styal, Cheshire.
He was sent to a young offender institution for 15 months and banned from driving for three years after admitting dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop after an accident and having no insurance.
Also involved in the protest was campaigner Yvonne Scholes,of Meliden, near Prestatyn, whose son Joseph,16,died nine days after being admitted toStokeHeath Young Offender Institution, near Market Drayton, in March 2002.