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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Former Republican Speaker of US House of Representatives supports taking account of young adults’ maturity in sentencing

An interesting development in California, where Newt Gingrich, a Republican politician, formerly Speaker of US House of Representatives and 2012 Presidential candidate, spoke of the importance of taking account of maturity of young adults in sentencing. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/newt-gingrich/a-second-chance-for-young-offenders_b_7055246.html?utm_hp_ref=tw   Extract: Despite recognizing the big differences between a teenager and an adult in our laws, however, many […]

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Labour Party pledges to extend YJB model to 18-20 year olds

The Labour Party has today launched its crime and justice manifesto ‘A better plan to secure safer communities‘.  As well as focusing on anti-social behaviour, child sexual exploitation, domestic violence, and terrorism, part 2 of the manifesto says that a Labour governemnt “will extend the YJB model by piloting a new approach to 18-20 offenders […]

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