Ministry of Justice announces mandatory maturity assessments for all young adult offenders

In a significant development for the young adult agenda, the Ministry of Justice has announced that all young adults will receive mandatory maturity assessments as part of Pre-Sentence Reports (PSRs) to inform sentencing decisions. This has been a key T2A policy position for a number of years.  In its submission to the Justice Select Committee Inquiry on […]

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All Written Evidence to Justice Select Committee Inquiry on Young Adult Offenders is Published

Following its call for evidence, which closed in late September, all of the written submissions to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry on Young Adult Offenders have now been published. An initial analysis of the submissions shows that: There is near-unanimous support for taking account of maturity of young adults aged 18-25 at all stages of criminal […]

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New briefing highlights promising work by Police & Crime Commissioners to reduce women’s offending

With the government “committed to further improving the treatment of female offenders and reducing the number of women in custody”[i], a new briefing has been published by Revolving Doors Agency[ii]  and the T2A Alliance highlighting promising work already underway by police and crime commissioners at a local level.   Women’s offending has a distinct profile […]

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New guide for probation officers sets out good practice for working with young adult offenders

“A probation officer empowers you, helps you choose your path and provides an insight into the opportunities available.” (Young adult)   A new guide ‘Effective approaches with young adults: A guide for probation services’ published by Clinks and T2A, provides a range of practical suggestions on how probation practitioners can engage with young adults, deliver a […]

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House of Commons Justice Select Committee announces major young adults Inquiry

T2A welcomes the House of Commons Justice Select Committee’s announcement that it is to undertake a major Inquiry on young adults in the criminal justice system. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/news-parliament-20151/young-adult-offenders-inquiry/ This may be a once in a generation opportunity for the T2A agenda to progress towards a systematic implementation. It comes at a critical time, with the convergence of several major recent […]

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London Assembly recognises the importance of a good transition to adulthood criminal justice services

A report published by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on 2 July, ‘Breaking the cycle: Reducing youth reoffending in London’, examines youth reoffending trends in the capital and makes recommendations to help support young offenders to stop committing further offences. T2A welcomes the specific recognition of the importance of the transition to adulthood […]

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New report argues taking account of maturity more important than age in criminal justice decision-making

The criminal justice system is failing to adequately support young adults by not offering a distinct approach that recognises their development and varying levels of maturity, finds a report published by the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance and the Howard League for Penal Reform. The report is published only a day after a major review from […]

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