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Children in prison during COVID-19: the new “double jeopardy”

Anne-Marie Day (Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Keele University, Keele, UK)

Safer Communities

ISSN: 1757-8043

Article publication date: 6 April 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021




The purpose of the paper is to consider the impact on children in custody of the government response to COVID-19 in England and Wales. As the majority of children are held in young offender institutions, this forms the focus of the piece.


A review and opinion piece on the government response and the impact of decisions about the juvenile custodial estate on incarcerated children.


No specific findings as this is an opinion piece.


This paper offers a viewpoint on the government response to COVID-19 and its impact on children in custody. It considers key publications that have cited concerns since the lockdown and seeks to identify key themes emerging from the publications.



The opinion piece cites research completed by Day, A., Bateman, T. and Pitts, J. (2020) ‘Surviving Incarceration: the pathways of looked after and non-looked after children into, through and out of custody’, The University of Bedfordshire. The project was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.


Day, A.-M. (2021), "Children in prison during COVID-19: the new “double jeopardy”", Safer Communities, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 57-61.



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