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Making Youth Justice

  • Date: 30 Mar 2021

  • Location: Online

Making Youth Justice: Local penal cultures and differential outcomes – lessons and prospects for policy and practice

Tuesday 30 March, 4.00–5.15pm 

This event will launch research the report Making Youth Justice: Local penal cultures and differential outcomes – lessons and prospects for policy and practice, written by Professor Barry Goldson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Liverpool and Dr Damon Briggs, Head of Curriculum at Frontline.

The report is underpinned by detailed quantitative and qualitative research showing that youth justice is ‘made’ not only by national legislative and policy frameworks but also by practices that are operationalised at Youth Offending Service/Local Authority Area-level. In this sense, the otherwise discrete jurisdiction of England and Wales is, in effect, stratified and segmented via local penal cultures that give rise to differential outcomes (particularly when measured in terms of rates of custodial detention). The report illustrates such differential outcomes and provides incisive insights into how they come about. It provides vital lessons and prospects for policy and practice.


  • Frances Crook, Chief Executive, Howard League for Penal Reform (Chair)
  • Professor Barry Goldson, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Damon Briggs, Head of Curriculum, Frontline
  • Professor Jonathan Evans, Professor of Youth Justice Policy and Practice, University of South Wales
  • Keith Fraser, Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
  • Professor Hannah Smithson, Chair of the Alliance for Youth Justice and Director of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Hazel Williamson, Chair of the Association of YOT Managers
  • Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, Howard League for Penal Reform

After booking your place at this event, you will be sent instructions on how to download the Howard League’s events app, which will allow you to submit questions to the panel  in advance of the event, network with and message other participants as well as take the event mobile if you wish to do so. An advance copy of the report will be made available to the attendees in the days before the event.

Booking for this event is now closed.

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