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Secure college: 'Key way out of crime'

17 January 2014 Last updated at 10:41 GMT

The first ever secure college for youth offenders will be built in Leicestershire with a clear focus on education.

It is part of a strategy to re-educate and cut the high rate of reoffending by young offenders when they are released from prison.

The college would have a head teacher, or principal, who would be in the core management team alongside an offender manager. It will eventually house up to 320 young offenders aged between 12 and 17-years-old.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the BBC that the college will focus on education as a "key way of breaking them [young offenders] out of the potential of a lifetime of crime".