A new legal service for young people in custody has been launched by the Howard League for Penal Reform. The service will extend the existing children’s legal service to young adults aged between 18 -21.
Young adults are “neglected” by the prison system and a high number go on to reoffend, according to research by the League.
There are currently around 9,000 young men and women aged 18-21 in custody.
Jails ‘ignore needs of young inmates’