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Young Offenders

Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give consideration to introducing on an experimental basis in Great Britain the practice of young offenders visiting prison establishments such as that instituted at Rahway State Prison, New Jersey, United States of America; and if he will make a statement.

Persons under the age of 18 are not normally permitted to enter prisons except to visit relatives, and I am not at present persuaded that it would be beneficial to make an exception for the purpose suggested by my hon. Friend.