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You can’t put a number on it: A report from young adults on why in criminal justice maturity is more important than age

This participation report is based on the words, thoughts and experiences of 84 18-24 year-olds with experience of the criminal justice system from around the country. In 2014 they gave their ideas through group work, letters, meetings and individual conversations in both custody and the community. The report outlines their collected thoughts about how young adults experience the criminal justice process. Each section of the report also includes some direct quotes* from young adults, along with refl ections from the legal team at the Howard League for Penal Reform which specialises in representing young adults in prison.

Young adults set the aims of the project, designed the questions, helped facilitate participation group work, responded to worksheets and were consulted throughout on the emerging themes. Thank you to each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication, and to the Barrow Cadbury Trust for funding this project as part of its Transition to Adulthood (T2A) programme.