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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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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