young adults

The use of the Community Order and Suspended Sentence Order for Young Adult Offenders

Community sentences need to be more responsive to the needs of young adult offenders, according to a report published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

The report, which examines the use of the new Community Order and Suspended Sentence Order for adults aged between 18 and 24 found that there is a heavy reliance on unpaid work programmes and much less use of education, training and employment programmes and substance misuse programmes despite the fact that young adults have distinct needs in these areas.

From criminal justice to social justice: rethinking approaches to young adults subject to criminal justice control

From criminal justice to social justice: rethinking approaches to young adults subject to criminal justice control  is the last in a series of three that form part of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' contribution to the Transition to Adulthood Alliance, offers some proposals for what might be involved in a wholesale shift in governmental approaches to young adults subject to criminal justice control. It makes the case for interventions with young adults that place social justice, not criminal justice, at their heart.

My Story: Young people talk about the trauma and violence in their lives

My Story tells the stories of childhood trauma and violence experienced by young people convicted of serious acts of violence. Based on in-depth conversations with three young people in prison and presented in their own words, it offers a unique insight into the kind of severe, multiple and prolonged trauma experienced by many who while still children go on to perpetrate serious, violent acts.

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