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Criminal Justice

The voices of young adult defendants

The Centre for Justice Innovation piloted a procedural fairness approach with young adult offenders in Magistrates’ Courts.

Criminal Justice

We need sentencing principles for young adults

Howard League report recommends that principles should consider the relationship between immaturity and blameworthiness, capacity to change, and the impact of race and histories of care.

Criminal Justice

Procedural fairness for young adults at court

A new court model from Centre for Justice Innovation & T2A draws upon research that has shown young adults’ brain development and maturity makes them a group distinct from both children and from fully mature adults.

Criminal Justice

Do we need different courts for young adults?

One of the strongest elements of this report is that it suggests a straightforward approach for piloting a young adults court which would not necessarily require a great need of financial investment.

On Probation

Effective probation practice with young adults

Perhaps the main challenge for probation staff working with young adult offenders in the new CRCs will be to have sufficient time to develop a trusting relationship which underpins the best probation practice.

Criminal Justice

What works in reducing young adults’ reoffending?

Professor McGuire makes it clear that conclusions can only be tentative given the small number of studies reviewed (there are many more research studies aimed at juvenile offenders, but far fewer targeted at the young adult age group). Nevertheless, there are some helpful critical success factors upon which to build more effective approaches:

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