Month: October 2016

October 31 2016

Child and adolescent brain development and its impact on propensity to criminal behaviour

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.

October 14 2016

Young age strong mitigating factor in sentencing

R v Finnerty (Daniel Mark) [2016] 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.