1st June 2015
The Howard League for Penal Reform has published a new report entitled You can't put a number on it, which examines the different stages of the criminal justice process from a youth's perspective.
This participation report examines the experiences of youths at different stages of the criminal justice process. The aim of the report is to develop awareness among professionals working with young adults about their experiences, feelings and frustrations with the criminal justice system. The report also aims to outline what support young adults want and what support they are entitled to.
The overall consensus of the report demonstrates how the youths feel that the criminal justice system puts their lives on pause, stalls maturation and prevents them from reaching adulthood. The youths who participated in this research convey their desire for a system that supports the development of the interpersonal and practical life skills they may lack due to disadvantaged childhoods. The young participants of this report outline a number of recommendations for a reform of how the criminal justice system could deal with young offenders in a more effective manner. These include:
Read the report in full here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.