Youth justice

JUSTICE believes that the youth justice system in England and Wales is in need of urgent reform. Far too many children are criminalised at a young age and the principle – enshrined in UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – that custody should be used only as a last resort and for the shortest possible period of time is not effective here in practice.  

We are also concerned at the regimes in which children in custody are held and, as members of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, have advocated the use of secure children's homes as the most suitable custodial facility for the minority of young offenders for whom custody is necessary.

Time for a New Hearing

We have recently published (January 2011), together with the Police Foundation, our blueprint for reform of the system: Time for a New Hearing advocates the use of restorative conferences to replace conventional sentencing in most cases.