Restorative Justice for Young Adults: Factoring in Maturity and Facilitating Desistance

Restorative Justice for Young Adults: Factoring in Maturity and Facilitating Desistance is a report by the Restorative Justice Council on behalf of the Transition to Adulthood Alliance and the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

The report looks at ways in which immaturity among young adults can affect restorative justice practice. These include a tendency for young adults to have chaotic lifestyles, dependence on family members, low levels of emotional literacy, difficulties in accepting responsibility and a lack of a sense of agency (or belief that they have the potential to do something positive).

The report recommends that restorative practitioners are made aware of these challenges and suggests ways in which each can be handled successfully.

Author Ian Marder reviews the academic literature on desistance to suggest six ways in which participation in restorative justice can help young adults put their offending past behind them. This research builds on government findings that restorative justice reduced the frequency of reoffending among all age groups by 14%-27%.

The report also highlights the ways in which service managers can integrate restorative justice into their work at any stage of the criminal justice system.

Resource themes: 
Early intervention, Youth justice
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