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Children held unlawfully in police cells – an institutional and systematic problem

Elena Papamichael

Posted by Elena Papamichael | Trainee
On 14th December 2017

A recent report relating to inspections of police custody has found that too many children who were charged and refused bail remained in custody overnight.

Some of these children were kept in cells over the weekend, when they should have been moved to alternative accommodation provided through the local authority. I regularly represent young people who have been arrested at the police station and these findings come as no surprise.

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