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March 2011 - BASW England Consultation Response to the Ministry of Justice Green Paper Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders

BASW/CoSW is pleased that this consultation examines the whole criminal justice system but is concerned that scant regard appears to have been given to the fact that the principal inhabitants of the CJS come from socially deprived environments where poverty, illiteracy and unemployment are highly prevalent. It is essential that the Government tackles the causes as well as the symptoms of crime as in order to reform the CJS we also need to reform society; for example, we need to address the large proportion of children excluded from school before the age of fourteen who end up in Secure Treatment Centres.