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Root and Branch changes needed in treatment of Young Offenders

18 December, 2008 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams, earlier this week met representatives from the Children's Law centre. They discussed among other issues the appalling conditions in Hydebank.

Mr. Adams called for "a radical review of the regime and conditions under which young people are held, including the possibility of moving some out of the Hydebank environment entirely".

The west Belfast MP also called for a thorough investigation into allegations of the treatment of young people at Hydebank and what the IMB report described as "appalling living conditions".

Mr. Adams called for "root and branch changes to the Hydebank regime."

Mr. Adams said:

"The Independent Monitoring Board's report into Hydebank makes alarming reading.

The conditions under which the young men and women - many of whom suffer from mental health problems - are held, the length of time they are forced to spend in cells, and the punitive treatment imposed on them must be a source of major concern.

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