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Short Update: Covid-19 stops family visits for children in youth prisons in England and Wales

FairTrialsAdmin - September 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions, Access to a lawyer

The National Association for Youth Justice's report for 2020 details how social distancing measures in youth prisons have led to children being denied face-to-face interaction with families and friends entirely, as well as visits from social workers, youth offending staff or lawyers. Amendments to the secure training centre (STC) rules have allowed STCs (which look after 10- to 17-year olds) to reduce the minimum amount of time a child must be out of their their room in each 24-hour period from 14 hours to just 1.5 hours. At young offender institutions (for 15-21 year olds), time out of cell varied from three hours a day to just 40 minutes. 

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