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Turnaround Youth

In Ireland, once a person reaches 18 years, they are no longer treated as a child but become immediately answerable to the laws and regulations that govern the adult population regardless of their level of maturity or vulnerability.

The consequences of this are clear: young adults are over-represented in the prison system; recidivism rates are high; and the underlying causes of offending behaviour among this group are ignored.

Several factors place young adults more at risk of becoming involved in offending behaviour and make the prison system an inappropriate and counterproductive means of dealing with young adults. The evidence also shows that the right interventions at the right points of time can successfully lead to a reduction in the offending rate among young adults.

Turnaround Youth is an IPRT campaign which makes the clear and evidence-informed case for the differential treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system.

As with all IPRT campaigns, Turnaround Youth is grounded in solid research and evidence in what works to reduce crime and improve life outcomes, towards increasing community safety.

It is in all of our interests that we develop the right supports and interventions for young adults in contact with the criminal justice system to ensure they go on to lead crime-free lives, fulfill their potential and participate fully and positively in their communities. Supporting young adults in a positive way at the right time is an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss.

IPRT welcomes report by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice into the needs of young adults (18-24) in prison 1st June 2016

IPRT welcomes the report launched yesterday (31st May 2016) by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice calling for reform of the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system. Read more

UK: Report into the distinct needs of young adult women in custody 26th February 2016

Prisons are failing to meet the distinct needs of young adult women (aged 18-24) and they should be treated differently to older women in custody, according to new research published by the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A). Read more

UK Report: Report into the deaths of young people in custody 20th October 2015

A report entitled “Changing Prisons, Saving Lives Report of the Independent Review into Self-inflicted Deaths in Custody of 18-24 year olds” published in July 2015 examines in detail the lives of 87 young people (four children and 83 young adults aged from 18 to 24) who died between April 2007… Read more

UK: Helping young people leaving custody 2nd July 2015

Beyond Youth Custody Programme (UK) has released a new report which exemplifies how re-offending rates remain high due to lack of support for helping young people get their lives back on track. Read more

'In the criminal justice system, maturity is more important than age' 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. Read more

Turnaround Youth: Young Adults (18-24) in the Criminal Justice System 12th May 2015

This IPRT report presents the case for the differential treatment of young adults aged 18-24 who come in contact with the criminal justice system, and is grounded in emerging evidence, best practice, and informed by input from young people with experience of the issues. Read more

Turnaround Youth - Launch 12th May 2015

IPRT launched our Turnaround Youth Project and Report on Tuesday 12th May 2015 in the Irish Film Institute, Dublin 2. Read more

Better in Europe? Responses to young adult offending 4th March 2015

A new report commissioned by T2A finds that European justice systems have embraced the need for a distinct approach to young adults at all stages of the criminal justice. Read more

UK: 'Same Old…' failures in mental health provision for young offenders 11th December 2013

UK youth organisations, The Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A) and Young Minds, have issued a new report on the lack of provision of mental health services to young people at risk of or engaging in offending behaviour. Read more

UK: Pathways to Crime Report 5th June 2012

The T2A Alliance has issued a report identifying ten stages within the criminal justice process which could provide a more effective and rigorous approach for young people, between the ages of 16-24, in their transition to adulthood. Read more