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Bring Back Borstal

Thursday 8th January 2015

Playstation, television, central heating and fast food: the teenage criminals who spend 22 hours a day cooped up in their cells at young offenders’ institutions have got it too easy, according to leading criminologist and former prison governor Professor David Wilson.

Within two years of release, 80 per cent of young criminals are back in court, having learned nothing from their punishment.

Professor Wilson believes that is the fault of the system, not the youngsters. He says prison and youth custody are about warehousing people, not rehabilitating them.


Meldrum were involved in the final stages of the boys Borstal Experience. Nearing the end of their training they were taught interview techniques, how to address potential employers and look into careers that may suit them. Meldrum were asked to join the team at the borstal and meet with Professor Wilson.

Louise Boak (our former Staff Development Manager) and Charlie Thompson (Marketing Manager) spent the day interviewing the boys and educating them about our company. This gave the boys a real insight into the types of careers that are out there for them and advise them of the best routes to do so.

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