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The treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system: Seventh Report of Session 2016-17: House of Commons Justice Committee
This report about young adults in the criminal justice system is a helpful reminder to the judiciary, lawyers and other youth justice professionals that adolescent brain development and children’s immaturity has a direct impact on criminal behaviour and has implications for how they should be treated in the criminal justice system.
Children are being reported and arrested for ‘sexting’ offences, including consensually sharing nude pictures on their phones and social media. This has attracted concern that children should not be unnecessarily prosecuted for ‘sexting’ offences.
New CPS guidance suggests ‘sexting’ between children or sharing of ‘youth produced sexual imagery’ should not be routinely prosecuted.
R v Finnerty (Daniel Mark)  EWCA Crim 1513
In this case the Court of Appeal quashed an extended sentence given to a 16-year old. He had previously undiagnosed ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. In the court’s judgment, it considered that the appellant’s young age was of particular importance when it came to sentencing and that generally a child should be dealt with less harshly than an adult offender.
Youth Justice Legal Centre guide to section 38 PACE and an overview of the police and local authority duties to transfer children detained in police cells post charge to local authority accommodation.
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