The Chief Justice is raising concerns the country continues to fail young offenders.
Chief Justice Hon. Anthony Smellie made his comments at the Grand Court opening Wednesday (13 January).
He says government must address the situation now as exposing young offenders to an adult prison environment cannot work, calling it “an unacceptable and sad failure on the part of the state and a terrible abrogation of the rights of these young people to fair and proper treatment under the law.”
“Everyone accepts that Eagle House does not meet the appropriate standards because it is within the confines of the adult prison at Northward, as indeed the facility at Fairbanks Prison for women renders that institution unsuitable for the detention of young girls,” Chief Justice Smellie added.