Criminal psychologist Professor David Wilson has been involved in a unique TV experiment Bring Back Borstal where young offenders volunteer to experience the strict regime of a 1930s–style reform school.
The Scottish crime expert's first posting was to a soonto–be–replaced Borstal called Huntercombe, near Henley.
Between 1955 and last year the number of offenders received into prisons and borstals under sentence increased from 29,000 to 34,000.
1957 "The figures of young men - this flood of angry young men into our prisons and borstals - discloses a situation which is causing the Government the greatest anxiety," said Lord Mancroft.
The most sensible explanation of why Borstals appeared when they did was the simplest and most direct one.
It is therefore somewhat surprising that Borstals, which in the early twentieth century in Britain became the preferred form of treatment of young offenders aged sixteen to twenty-one, were never established in New South Wales, even though there were a number of suggestions that a different form of treatment should be attempted for those in this age group.
"The figures of young men - this flood of angry young men into our prisons and borstals
- disclose a situation which is causing the Government the greatest anxiety," said Lord Mancroft.
Some have been to a borstal
or even a prison by the time they're 21, the majority never go to a borstal
or a prison in their life.
were abolished in 1982 under the Criminal Justice Act.
A GRIM and startling picture of a 'dreadful level of crime' resulting in a 'flood of angry young men' crowding Britain's Borstal
institutions, was presented by Lord Mancroft, Minister Without Portfolio, in the House of Lords last night.
What we need is zero tolerance and the return of real punishments such as boot camps, approved schools and Borstals
'We have been lobbying Government to enable us to help improve opportunities for vulnerable children but boarding schools are not borstals
or boot camps and a boarding education is not a panacea for the disruptive or the disaffected.'
A revival of Borstals
- run like boarding schools in an attempt to reform young offenders, and scrapped in 1982 - is likely to prove divisive, with opponents already accusing the Government of replacing one flawed system with another.
and approved schools used such course material when it must still be available to further education and industrial training establishments.
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establishment and have zero tolerance on all vandalism and attacks.