Guernsey prison plan to accommodate young offenders

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Wing in Guernsey Prison
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Five under-18s were being held in Guernsey Prison when the inspection took place

A secure unit will be built in Guernsey's prison to accommodate children convicted of a crime, the prison governor has said.

Dave Matthews made the statement in the prison annual report, following comments by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons published in November.

Inspectors had criticised the prison for having young offenders and adults in the same facility.

Mr Matthews said it would develop a long-term strategy over the next year.

At the time of the inspection there were 98 prisoners including five children (under the age of 18). Under the current system children as young as 12 can be held in the prison.

The report from November found that two 15-year-old boys were treated kindly and kept away from other prisoners, but accommodation was cramped and they received inadequate support to prepare for their GCSEs.

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