....The independent research, commissioned by the T2A Alliance, found that that if all low-level, non-violent young adult offenders in a typical year were made to engage with their victims and make amends via restorative conferencing rather than being sent through the criminal justice system, £275 million could be saved over their lifetimes.

The research also found that if all adult offenders between 18 and 24 given short term prison sentences in a year received community sentences instead, £12 million could be saved over their lifetimes.

In a separate piece of independent representative polling for the T2A Alliance, 151 MPs were also asked their views on the issues related to the policy paper.

It found 62% of the MPs asked support replacing all short-term prison sentences for young adult offenders convicted of non-violent and non-sexual crimes with community alternatives.

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