Wasting time – Free imprisoned youth, charity says.

A British charity has called for the number of children in Britain’s prisons to be cut by a third, citing a report that shows youth incarceration does not reduce crime, Reuters reports.

Citing a study that found nine out of 10 incarcerated youth will commit another offense on release from prison, the National Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders called on the government to take action.

“To put it bluntly, when it comes to child offenders, prison creates crime,” said NACRO Chief Executive Helen Edwards.

The number of incarcerated youth between the ages of 15 and 17 has almost doubled in Great Britain in the last seven years, Reuters reports.

The charity urged the government to review sentencing procedures to reduce the amount of time youth serve and to promote alternatives to child custody, Reuters says.

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