It’s time to address what seem to be completely inadequate mental health facilities for young offenders in Wales. Bridgend MP Madeline Moon has highlighted the issue. The lack of provision for some of society’s most vulnerable young men is so bad, they have to travel to England to get appropriate help.
One of the reasons for opening Parc Prison in Bridgend was to allow young people in Wales to carry out their sentences, as near to their families as possible, at a time when they need them most. And if the exact opposite of that is happening, then something needs to be done to remedy the situation. That’s why I back Madeline Moon’s call to set up a dedicated community mental health service at Parc. Otherwise, chances are these youngsters will go on to re-offend and will be returning to Parc prison to serve time as adults.