Minister for Justice: NOMS to produce “specific commissioning strategy for young adult offenders”

The Minister for Justice, Lord McNally, has confirmed that the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is to produce a commissioning strategy for young adult offenders.    In a response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Lord Ramsbotham on 24 July 2012, the Minister said that the report would be disseminated to commissioners and service managers in due […]

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New T2A Alliance Chair

T2A is delighted to announce that Joyce Moseley OBE has agreed to become the new Chair of the Alliance.   On becoming Chair, Joyce said:   I think I let out a little yelp of delight when I opened [Barrow Cadbury Trust CEO] Sara Llewellin’s email asking if I would consider becoming the Chair of […]

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‘Lack of maturity’ being used extensively as mitigating factor in sentencing

Today the Sentencing Council for England and Wales has published their annual survey on sentencing decisions in the Crown Court in 2011 today (http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk/facts/crown-survey-results-2011.htm).   In the additional tables it breaks down the factors into specific offending categories.   Only a year after its introduction, ‘Age/lack of maturity where it affects the responsibility of the […]

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T2A Pathways from Crime report launched

  A new T2A report, Pathways from Crime, identifies ten points in the criminal justice process where a more rigorous and effective approach for young adults and young people in the transition to adulthood (16-24) can be delivered.   The audience for this report is broad, but it should be of particular interest to commissioners, practitioners and policy-makers who work […]

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Riots Panel calls for T2A approach to be implemented

  The Riots Communities and Victims Panel’s final report, published today on http://riotspanel.independent.gov.uk/, contains a specific section on young adults and transitions (pp 90-91), and makes two concrete recommendations based on T2A evidence, citing T2A’s submission, research and projects.   The Birmingham T2A project’s youth to adult transfer process is highlighted as best practice, and […]

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Labour and Conservative MPs speak in House of Commons on importance of effective approach for young adults in CJS

Conservative MP, Paul  Maynard, and Labour Shadow Justice Minister, Andy Slaughter, speak about young adults, the German model, and maturity, in a House of Commons debate on Transparency and Consistency of Sentencing, at which Dominic Grieve and Ken Clarke were present.     Paul Maynard (Conservative, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys):   Despite the fall […]

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New Prison Reform Trust briefing on young adults in the criminal justice system

A new report by the Prison Reform Trust has called for a more effective approach for young adult in the criminal justice system, drawing on research by the T2A Alliance.   The press release is below (from: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/Publications/vw/1/ItemID/151)     Locking up impressionable young men and women in adult jails with nothing to do risks creating […]

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‘Lack of maturity’ included as a mitigating factor in sentencing adults convicted of drug offences

Criminal justice professionals will, from 17 February 2012, have to consider a young adult’s ‘lack of maturity’ throughout the sentencing process, for all drug offences.    On 24 January 2012, the Sentencing Council for England and Wales implemented its new definitive guideline on drug offence. This is the Council’s third guideline, following its guideline on assault and burglary.   For […]

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