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Young Offenders (Imprisonment)

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a study of the proposals of the Swedish committee on the abolition of youth imprisonment, providing among other things for close supervision in community where required, and consider whether some of these proposals might be suitable for dealing with young adult offenders in the United Kingdom.

We are at present reviewing the whole question of the sentencing of young adult offenders. The proposals of the Swedish committee, which bear a close resemblance to suggestions made here during the past decade, will certainly be taken into account in the course of this review.