By Cathy Wallace - Children & Young People Now - 2 April 2008
The first ever magazine produced by young people in a secure training centre is to start including material from offenders in juvenile prisons in England and Wales.
Lock Down is a quarterly magazine put together by five teenage inmates at Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) in Kent. Previously the magazine, which is on its second issue, has contained articles only from inmates at the STC but is now set to include contributions from offenders across the whole juvenile secure estate.
Thequarterly title is funded by a £5,000 grant from the Big Boost programme, along with money from the Youth Justice Board (YJB). Nathan Ward, enrichment manager at Medway STC, said the idea came about after a young inmate said she was interested in media, to which he suggested starting a magazine.