Harris Review calls for radical change to prevent deaths of young people in prison

Ruth Brander and Adam Straw acted for the claimant who brought about the Harris Review. A judicial review they issued to challenge the government’s refusal to hold an inquiry was compromised successfully after the government promised to bring about an inquiry. This led to the Harris Review, the report of which was published today. They were led by Ben Emmerson QC and instructed by Bindmans LLP. 

 

In one of its key conclusions the Review report states: “Unless progress is made on the proposals that we have made, young people will continue to die unnecessarily in our prisons and we will continue to waste countless millions of pounds in failing to rehabilitate those who could be rehabilitated, in locking up those for whom a non-prison option would be more appropriate, and in failing to intervene early enough to prevent people from entering the criminal justice system in the first place”. 

 

Deborah Coles, Co-Director of INQUEST said: “This important report is a devastating indictment of a flawed system that is systematically failing. That its findings echo what has been said repeatedly and that so many deaths could have been avoided if already-known lessons had been acted upon is all the more shocking".

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