Last July I spent a day at HMP Warren Hill Young Offenders Institute participating in two focus groups with seven black and minority ethnic young inmates. The young men were all aged 18 or younger.
What’s clear from these discussions is the need to hear more from the young people who are held in custody if we are to develop policy responses that can keep them and their peers out of custody. This is clearly even more necessary for young people from Black Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds whose numbers have been growing over the past five years figures which have been moving in an opposite direction of an overall fall in the numbers of young people being incarcerated.
HMP Warren Hill YOI has now closed as a Youth Offending Institute, in itself a positive declaration of the falling numbers of young people being locked up. But there is still a significant challenge in meeting the needs of those young people who are still incarcerated and addressing the challenges of Black Asian and Minority ethnic young people will be an essential facet in addressing this challenge.
Download the report HMYOI Warren Hill BME Youth Consultation