Source: (1999) Prison Service Journal (May): 21-23.

Chairman of the Youth Justice Board in the United Kingdom, Lord Warner reports on its role in helping to reduce crime by young people. The Board’s main functions are specified in the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act: monitoring the operation of the youth justice system and youth services; advising the government on youth justice; and promoting the development of good practices in youth justice and services. Issues discussed in this article include intervention programs, bail supervision, assessment of young offenders’ needs, secure facilities, and the need for a structured and caring environment within such facilities.