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October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

August 5, 2005: Failure to Address Young Offenders' Needs

The vast majority of young men in prison will reoffend due to the Government’s failure to deal the needs of young adult offenders, according to research just published by the Howard League for Penal Reform. A report says that the Government has neglected young adult prisoners, who, for the last five years, have been languishing in a political and policy vacuum. This political failure risks condemning a large group of young offenders to a life where offending and imprisonment becomes the norm.

It goes on to argue that imprisonment fails to meet the needs of young adults, or effectively tackle reoffending. Young adults, who have been neglected by the prison system, will commit at least 8,500 further offences per year. Many of these young people will end up back in prison on what has become an intractable journey from community to custody to crime and back again.

Research Briefing 2: Young, Neglected and Back argues that imprisoning young men at this critical stage in their lives can have a massively detrimental effect. Instead, community sentences should be sought in all possible cases. The criminal justice system should work to resolve conflict and repair harm. It should encourage offenders to acknowledge the impact of what they have done and give them an opportunity to make reparation.

The report forms part of the Howard League’s Out for Good two-year research project which provides young men in prison the opportunity to discuss their needs, aspirations and hopes as they pass through the prison system and on to release. Out for Good is a large-scale research study involving in-depth interviews with 86 young men, during the first weeks of their sentence, towards the end of their sentence and on release.

Report author Finola Farrant said:

“Young adults in prison should be a high priority for Government. Nearly three quarters of young prisoners are reconvicted within two years of release from prison. By talking to young prisoners themselves it is clear that the toxic prison environment causes more damage, and increases the risk of future offending. Community interventions offer a more effective option if we are seriously to tackle reoffending.��