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23 November 2011

Youth Justice Board reprieved

The coalition Government has abandoned plans to axe the Youth Justice Board, justice minister Lord McNally announced on 23 November 2011. The U-turn comes after Justice Secretary Ken Clarke announced that his department would not go ahead with plans to abolish the role of chief coroner.

Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said the government had “shown that it is prepared to listen to reason”.

She also said:

By holding on to the Youth Justice Board it can build on an impressive drop in youth crime and continue to reduce the numbers of children and young people getting into trouble. she said.

By saving the office of the chief coroner it can improve standards and reduce unacceptably long delays for all bereaved families including those waiting for years to know how and why a loved one died in custody whilst in the care of the state.