The comments made by Anna McMorrin, the Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice, on 19 July 2021.
The Tories have overseen a dangerous deterioration of conditions in youth custody, undermining the rehabilitation of children and putting working people and families at risk of increased reoffending and crime.
The slow response to conditions, closure of another secure centre, and the questionable extension of terms with the private US contractor show a shocking lack of ministerial oversight and this government’s recklessness with welfare and public safety. It is a damning reflection of the Conservatives appalling mishandling of the youth justice system.
Labour have called for an independent review of conditions in youth custody and for ministers to get a grip of the crisis they created.