Irish Penal Reform Trust

Youth Justice: 18-24s

Young adults are more responsive to rehabilitative measures than older adults – but the wrong interventions can limit opportunities and deepen offending behaviour. Alternative sentencing and policy approaches are needed to reduce the offending rate among young adults.

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.

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).

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.

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.

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