Report claims penal policy boosts crime

    Current sentencing policy for young offenders could be
    exacerbating, rather than reducing, the crime rate, a new report
    states.

    A Period of Transition, published by offender rehabilitation
    charity Nacro, suggests that young offenders between the ages of 18
    and 24 should be spared time in prison to allow them to mature and
    stop committing crime as part of the process of growing up.

    The study suggests that nearly half of those who are persistent
    offenders at 18 have stopped committing crime by their
    mid-twenties. But the report suggests that a period of imprisonment
    “disrupts and retards the process of growing up” and prevents young
    offenders from developing “responsive and responsible”
    attitudes.

    Report author Marcus Roberts said: “A persistent young adult
    offender is not a permanent young adult offender. Most grow up to
    become law abiding adults. We should be nurturing this process by
    helping them take responsibility for their lives.”

    His report argued that the majority of minor offenders should be
    given non-custodial sentences. Nacro has also called for the
    government to focus on tackling the social exclusion and poverty of
    young offenders.

    A Period of Transition from 020 7840 6427.

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