Maturity in the magistrates’ court: magistrates, young adults and maturity considerations in decision-making and sentencing

The Magistrates Association has published a new report on how the issue of maturity is currently handled within magistrates’ courts. Based on research funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the report argues that all young adult defendants’ maturity should be assessed before they come to court and magistrates should receive training on the issue of maturity. […]

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Young Adults and Remand

A new T2A (Transition to Adulthood) briefing on young adults and remand launched today makes the case for a reform of remand arrangements for the young adults.    A substantial and growing evidence base has found that young adults aged 18-25 are a distinct group, because they are still maturing. Interrupting a young adult’s development with a […]

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New report calls on Sentencing Council to develop formal sentencing principles for young adults

The Sentencing Council should work towards developing formal sentencing principles for young adults, similar to the principles that are in place for children, says a report published by the Howard League for Penal Reform and  T2A. The report, Judging Maturity: Exploring the role of maturity in the sentencing of young adults analysed 174 court judgments in […]

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Making senses of maturity – how probation practitioners used T2A’s ‘Taking account of maturity’ guide

Roger Grimshaw, Research Director at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) carried out research for T2A into how practitioners have been using T2A’s ‘Taking Account of Maturity’ guide which was published in 2013.  His findings have just been published in his report ‘Making Sense of Maturity’.   In the publication Making Sense of Maturity, […]

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MPs’ landmark and visionary report on Young Adult Offenders should be implemented in full and without delay, says T2A

The Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A) wholeheartedly welcomes the Justice Committee’s report of its Inquiry on Young Adult Offenders, and fully endorses its “blueprint” for a strategic approach to the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system. Reacting to the Committee’s unequivocal conclusion that “there is overwhelming evidence that the criminal justice system […]

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