Young Adult Offenders Inquiry
"Research from a range of disciplines strongly supports the view that
young adults are a distinct group with needs that are different both
from children under 18 and adults older than 25, underpinned by the
developmental maturation process that takes place in this age group. In
the context of the criminal justice system this is important as young
people who commit crime typically stop doing so by their mid-20s.
Those who decide no longer to commit crime can have their efforts to
achieve this frustrated both by their previous involvement in the
criminal justice system due to the consequences of having criminal
records, and limitations in achieving financial independence due to lack
of access to affordable accommodation or well-paid employment as wages
and benefits are typically lower for this age group."
View the UK Justice Committee's Report of its Inquiry on Young Adult Offenders