Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Steer clear of youth justice agencies

Bearing in mind the 'pre-crime' intervention agenda (something we're dealing with over on the database blog tomorrow) this must come as a bit of a blow to the Home Office and newly-cool YJB:
Young people should be kept away from criminal justice agencies as much as possible, according to a youth crime study. Findings from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, due to be released yesterday, suggest that the agencies responsible for bringing young offenders into the system have an influence on the amount of crime a young person commits.

Lesley McAra, co-director of the study, said: "Contact with a youth justice system at any level is fundamentally damaging to young people. We recommend minimal intervention."


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