In the Media

Youth justice chief attacks jail policy

PUBLISHED April 13, 2004

The new head of the Youth Justice Board has attacked local councils for misusing anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos), saying they are undermining efforts to keep teenage offenders out of jail.

Professor Rod Morgan, who took up his post last week, said there was growing evidence that local authorities were treating the orders as a short-cut to justice, and that their actions could be behind the worrying rise in the number of young people now in custody.