§ 31. Sir Michael McNair-Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any experimental work is going on into alternative prison regimes for young offenders.
§ Mr. Mellor
Young offender institutions seek to help offenders sentenced to custody to prepare for their return to the community by providing a programme of activities, including education, training and work, designed to develop personal responsibility and self-discipline and to assist offenders to obtain suitable employment after release. There are also many examples of constructive and innovative work to help inmates to confront their offending behaviour. Since the enactment of the relevant provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, the number of sentenced male young offenders in custody has fallen by 24 per cent.