Improving responses to young adults: a checklist for police and crime commissioners

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Corporate author(s)
Transition to Adulthood Alliance; Revolving Doors Agency (Charity)
Revolving Doors Agency
Date of publication
19 March 2014
Young Offenders, Criminal Justice Services, Resettlement
Social welfare
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Young adults aged 18-24 are the most likely age group to come into contact with the police and criminal justice system, both as suspects and offenders and as the victims of crime. They are only 10% percent of the population, but account for roughly a third of police time and probation caseloads. Yet, criminal justice interventions aimed at adults often fail to prevent further offending by this group: three-quarters of young adults leaving prison are reconvicted within two years and they have the highest breach rates of those serving community sentences. This briefing edition focuses on how police and crime commissioners (PCCs) can help to improve responses to young adults (18-24) and improve the transition to adulthood. It makes a number of recommendations based on the Revolving Doors Agency's knowledge of what works for this group and highlights current work by PCCs that are already prioritising this age group.

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