New report calls on Sentencing Council to develop formal sentencing principles for young adults

The Sentencing Council should work towards developing formal sentencing principles for young adults, similar to the principles that are in place for children, says a report published by the Howard League for Penal Reform and  T2A. The report, Judging Maturity: Exploring the role of maturity in the sentencing of young adults analysed 174 court judgments in […]

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Making senses of maturity – how probation practitioners used T2A’s ‘Taking account of maturity’ guide

Roger Grimshaw, Research Director at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) carried out research for T2A into how practitioners have been using T2A’s ‘Taking Account of Maturity’ guide which was published in 2013.  His findings have just been published in his report ‘Making Sense of Maturity’.   In the publication Making Sense of Maturity, […]

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Two new charities join the T2A Alliance

The Restorative Justice Council and Together for Mental Wellbeing join the T2A Alliance The Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance is a coalition of 16 leading criminal justice, health and youth charities chaired by Joyce Moseley OBE. The Alliance helps to shape T2A’s policy positions and promotes a better criminal justice system for young adults to […]

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T2A comment on Ministry of Justice response to Justice Select Committee Inquiry on young adults

Last October, the Justice Select Committee published what T2A called ‘a landmark and visionary report’ on the management of young adults in the criminal justice system. T2A is encouraged by today’s government response to that inquiry, which demonstrates that the Ministry of Justice is moving in the right direction. T2A agrees with the government’s overarching […]

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Thinking ahead – early action and TBI

The scale of Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the general population is only now beginning to be understood.  The T2A programme has published three reports on the TBI and young adult offenders: Repairing Shattered Lives: Brain injury and its implications for criminal justice (October 2012 with University of Exeter), Traumatic brain injury and offending – […]

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Unprecedented media reaction to Justice Select Committee report on Young Adult Offenders

There was widespread positive press coverage yesterday of the House of Commons Justice Committee’s report on young adult offenders, which called for a distinct approach for 18-25 year olds throughout the criminal justice system, and more generally T2A’s programme of work. This is a landmark moment for the young adult agenda, and also major recognition of all […]

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MPs’ landmark and visionary report on Young Adult Offenders should be implemented in full and without delay, says T2A

The Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A) wholeheartedly welcomes the Justice Committee’s report of its Inquiry on Young Adult Offenders, and fully endorses its “blueprint” for a strategic approach to the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system. Reacting to the Committee’s unequivocal conclusion that “there is overwhelming evidence that the criminal justice system […]

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T2A Pathway project wins award for innovation in young people’s mental health

Together for Mental Wellbeing’s T2A Pathway project based in Rotherham has won an award for innovation in young people’s mental health at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards.  These awards recognise excellence in mental health and mental health services.  The project offers support to vulnerable young adults who are in contact with police and emergency services. The project is one of the six Transition […]

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Major United States Government review of young adult criminal justice programmes published

A major report has been launched today by the US Department of Justice summarising 56 young adult specific criminal justice interventions across the United States. Produced by The National Institute of Justice – the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice – it reports the widespread momentum building across the country for […]

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Prison Service policy of mixing young and older adults is cited as driving up violence, reports Chief Inspector of Prisons

The National Offender Management Service’s policy of “mixing” young adults with older adults was cited as driving up levels of violence in the prison system, according to the annual report from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, which was published today. But young adult prisons were found to be lacking in purposeful activity, with 38% of […]

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