Scuffle of the week

Civil liberties groups versus the Home Office. Thousands of offenders aged between 18 and 20 years face spending their porridge in adult jails. The Home Office says that transferring offenders from youth institutions to adult jails means they can be placed closer to their families. However prisoners' rights and civil liberties groups such as the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders accuse the Government of cost-cutting at the expense of vulnerable youngsters who are likely to turn into hardened criminals in adult jail.