Source: (2009) London: Institute for Public Policy Research.
This report has four main thrusts. Youth justice, at present not succeeding in reducing reoffending,should be reshaped so that it: 1)operates at more levels in society, to match levels of offending and anti-social behaviour;2)relies more on prevention and less on coercion; 3)avoids young people being drawn into the formal criminal courts system wherever possible; 4)is more trusted by the public.
Thus it should be tiered, preventative,diversionary and populist.
The report also argues that the remit of the youth justice system should not stop at 17. The suggested new community justice alternatives should be available to older youths (e.g.18-21)and to young persons accused of subsequent non-severe offences.(excerpt)
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