Source: (2002) Relational Justice Bulletin. November (16): 4-5. Downloaded 15 May 2003.Sarah Curtis begins by pointing out some significant problems in the sentencing of young offenders in England. For example, variations in sentencing depend at least as much on where a young offender happens to live as on the nature of the offense. The ratio of custodial to community sentences varies widely from area to area in England and Wales. In light of this apparently unfair variation, Curtis examines what affects youth court magistrates’ attitudes to custody and community sentences. In particular, she suggests ways of giving such magistrates confidence in non-custodial options for young offenders.