Why Less is More- The Case for Dealing with Offences Out of Court
"With mounting pressure on police and justice budgets across the country, it’s surprising that recent years have seen a large decline in the use of out of court disposals to deal with low level offending. Simple or Conditional Cautions, Penalty Notices, Community Resolutions and Drug Warnings can offer a quicker, simpler and more effective response than a prosecution. But more than half of first time offenders now go to court rather than receive a caution, compared to 1 in 5 ten years ago. A new report published by Transform Justice – Less is more- the case for dealing with offences out of court- says it’s high time to reverse that trend. "
Teaching in a prison: 'Education has the best chance of turning lives around'
Emily Dewar-Langridge teaches young offenders at Feltham prison, and has won an award for the difference she’s made to students. Here, she explains her role.
Read if you want to weep over societal stupidity, courage, poignancy, and think there must be a better way.
Councils warn of lack of government vision for youth services
A strategy for the long-term future of youth services published by the Local Government Association states that local-level leadership and vision for youth services should "ideally operate within a framework established by a clear and ambitious national vision for young people".
"Young people need to know that they are an important consideration in national policy, and that they will receive services to support them towards the same positive outcomes wherever they are in the country," it states.