The treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system


A report on the House of Commons Justice Committee inquiry that considered a range of questions about the treatment of young adults – 18 to 24 year olds – in the criminal justice system, taking into account recent research into the subject and the work of others.

The evidence considered includes propensity to criminal behaviour arising from factors such as:

  • social background
  • young people’s psychological and neurological maturation and issues such as brain development, learning disability, autism or both, and acquired and traumatic brain injury

A key conclusion of this report is that dealing effectively with young adults while the brain is still developing is crucial for them in making successful transitions to a crime-free adulthood.

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