The T2A Alliance evidences and promotes distinct and effective approaches for young adults throughout the criminal justice process. T2A is a coalition of 13 leading criminal justice, health and youth charities, convened by the Barrow Cadbury Trust and chaired by Joyce Moseley OBE. T2A has contributed to positive change in policy and practice and a central and local level, and its evidence has informed service redesign and delivery nationally and internationally.
Young adults (aged 18-24) constitute less than 10% of the population, but account for more than a third the probation service’s caseload and a third of those sentenced to prison each year. With the right intervention, one that takes account of the developmental maturity and particular needs of this group, young adults are far more likely to ‘grow out of crime’. The wrong intervention at this time can slow desistance and extend the period of involvement in the criminal justice system.
From the start of 2014, six projects across England are working with young adults at different stages of the criminal justice process. This ‘T2A Pathway’ runs for three years and is evaluated by Sheffield Hallam University. The T2A Pathway builds on the learning from three previous T2A pilot projects, which ran between 2009 and 2013, working with more than 1,000 young adults. They demonstrated innovative approaches for young adults involved with the probation service, reducing offending, breach rates and improving social outcomes. As a whole, the T2A programme (encompassing research, policy development and practical experience) makes a strong case for significant reform.