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  • To devolve or not to devolve report cover Young People

    To devolve or not to devolve?

    This briefing paper considers the pros and cons of devolving youth custody budgets and asks a fundamental question: to what extent can altering the financial arrangements effect real change for the better or is this in reality a problem of law, policy and attitudes?

  • Life inside 2010 report cover Young People

    Life inside 2010

    Life Inside 2010 provides a unique insight into the day to day experiences of 15-17 year old males in prison. It is the first policy report produced as part of the Howard League’s exciting U R Boss project.

  • Life outside report cover Young People

    Life Outside

    Life Outside is the second substantive policy report to be produced from participation with children and young people in the criminal justice system as part of U R Boss

  • Embedding participation report cover Young People

    Embedding Participation

    The second U R Boss interim evaluation report plots the early experience of the Howard League for Penal Reform’s efforts to build the concept and practices of participation across the entire organisation.

  • UR Boss campaigning for change report cover Young People

    U R Boss: Campaigning for change

    This is the third U R Boss interim evaluation report. It focuses on a U R Boss campaign to promote young people’s interests in the criminal justice system which was designed to coincide with the establishment of the role of Police and Crime Commissioners and the first PCC elections in November 2012.

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    Custody panels

    This report reviews the work of a pilot initiative in Wessex, a custody panel with representatives of the Youth Offending Team (YOT), Children’s Services and the voluntary sector set up to look at the cases of children under 18 sentenced to custody in North Hampshire.

  • Youth justice in Wales report cover Young People

    Youth justice in Wales

    This report considers that in the event that powers over youth justice are devolved, the focus on the “secure estate” should not obscure the wider discussion that needs to be had about how Welsh children are treated in the youth justice system.

  • Young, Adult and No Support report cover Young People

    Young, Adult and No Support


    This publication is intended to be a guide for any practitioners who work with vulnerable young adults. We hope that this will be a useful guide for people to understand the rights and entitlements of young adults and assist in enabling practitioners to promote access to suitable support for young adults.

  • They couldn't do it to a grown up report cover Young People

    They couldn’t do it to a grown up

    The Howard League for Penal Reform has discovered that around 1000 children last year were given an additional punishment at the midpoint of their Detention and Training Orders (DTOs), when they could not be further detained without a court order

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    Parole 4 Kids


    The law requires more exacting standards of fairness on the part of authorities dealing with children. This report sets out the reasons why special mechanisms for a child going through the parole process should be introduced.

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