Civil liberties campaigners were outraged after The Independent disclosed that the girl had been jailed on remand, on charges of assaulting social workers and criminal damage, and a judge will today be asked to order her release into a home. Manx social services are working with the girl's solicitor to put together a package of measures that would allow her release. The island's director of social services, David Cooke, said: "We would actually prefer no child was locked up unless it was absolutely essential." Under the island's laws children as young as 10 can be jailed.
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The 12-year-old girl being kept in a Victorian jail on the Isle of Man may be released into a children's home within the next few days, it was revealed last night.