Source: (2010) London: New Economics Foundation

For this study, we reviewed the available evidence to estimate the full impact of prison sentences on children. We looked at research that compared the life of those sentenced to prison to similar groups that did not receive a prison sentence or the same young people before they were held in custody. Many alternatives to custody have been shown to help reduce offending. If the impact of prison sentences were compared to the outcomes of, for instance, a community sentence that includes rehabilitative treatment the difference would be even more pronounced. (excerpt)

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