Supreme Court dismisses appeal over individual’s treatment in a Young Offenders Institution


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The Supreme Court has today dismissed an appeal brought by AB, against the Court of Appeal’s decision that his treatment in a Young Offenders Institution did not violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Supreme Court rejected AB’s argument that holding children in prolonged solitary confinement was inhuman and degrading, and also rejected the alternative argument that in order to be compatible with Article 3, such treatment must be used only exceptionally and where strictly necessary.

Dan Squires QC and Ayesha Christie were instructed by the Howard League for Penal Reform to represent AB.

Sarah Hannett QC represented the Secretary of State for Justice, along with Sir James Eadie QC, Tom Weisselberg QC, and Jason Pobjoy.