T2A (Transition to Adulthood) is an initiative of the Barrow Cadbury Trust’s criminal justice programme. The Trust is an independent, charitable foundation – which does not receive any government funding – committed to bringing about socially just change.
The Trust’s criminal justice programme develops and promotes evidence of effective policy and practice for young adults and women at all stages of the criminal justice system, and to enable the voices of those with lived experience to be heard.
Why Young Adults?
Young adults make up a disproportionate number of the prison population. Young adults at the last census were 9.4% of the general population but make up 16% of the prison population, and 23% of those on the most basic regime.
The T2A programme
The framework for T2A’s work is the ‘T2A Pathway’, 10 points in the criminal justice system where a distinct approach to young adults can be delivered. The T2A programme makes the case that developmental maturity is a better guide than age when deciding on the best response to offending by young adults. When policy makers, sentencers, and practitioners take into account developmental maturity and the particular needs of this group, research has shown that young adults are more likely to ‘grow out of crime’. Choosing an appropriate intervention at this stage can reduce the time young offenders spend in the criminal justice system.
What progress has been made?
Have a look at this Timeline of T2A’s work to read about progress to date.
T2A’s strategy and work is steered by a management group consisting of representatives from Clinks, Prison Reform Trust, and Criminal Justice Alliance, and a coalition of leading criminal justice and social justice charities and social enterprises (including the organisations in the management group), chaired by Joyce Moseley OBE. The programme is managed by Laurie Hunte. If you have an inquiry please email [email protected].