Justice Committee

Young adult offenders inquiry

Inquiry status: open

The initial deadline for submission of evidence was 30 September but the Committee continues to accept submissions.

Please note that the Committee may not investigate or intervene in individual cases. Submissions may make reference to individual cases for illustrative purposes, provided they are not the subject of legal proceedings currently before UK courts.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee considers that it is timely to hold an inquiry to:

  • assess the implications of the findings of the Harris Review and selected recommendations for current policy and practice
  • examine the evidence on what might constitute more effective or appropriate treatment of young adults throughout the criminal justice process
  • review the impact of guidance to sentencers and prosecutors which advises that they consider the maturity of the offender in their decisions.
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Latest evidence

  • 02 Feb 2016 - Young adult offenders - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF284 KB) HC 397 | Published 05 Feb 2016

    Evidence given by Dr Kate Gooch, Birmingham Law School, and Nick Pascoe, Deputy Director of Custody for Young People, National Offender Management Service; Malcolm Richardson JP, Chairman, and Fiona Abbott, Chair, Youth Court Committee, Magistrates’ Association, Ben Estep, Youth Justice Programme Manager, Centre for Justice Innovation, and Michael Caplan QC (at 10.30am).

  • 12 Jan 2016 - Young adult offenders - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF364 KB) HC 397 | Published 28 Jan 2016

    Evidence given by Lord Harris of Haringey, Chair, and Dr Deborah Browne, Secretary, Harris Review; Baroness Young of Hornsey, Chair, Young Review, Jeremy Crook, Director, Black Training Enterprise Group, and Raheel Mohammed, Director, Maslaha (at 10.25am); Rt Hon Lord McNally, Chairman, and Lin Hinnigan, Chief Executive, Youth Justice Board (at 11.05am).

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