Court of Appeal Ruling on DYOI and DTO running concurrently
The Court of Appeal ruled that a sentence of Detention in a Young Offenders Institution (DYOI) could only run concurrently to a period of detention imposed for breaching the conditions of the supervision element of a Detention and Training Order (DTO) by virtue of committing new imprisonable offences.
Court of Appeal ruling on RLAA counting towards sentence
The Court of Appeal found that credit for time spent on remand to local authority accommodation (RLAA) and time spent on a curfew as part of RLAA can only be given by calculating the sentence accordingly.
HMIP analysis of the experience of children in custody in 2017 -2018
HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), have conducted surveys of children detained in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions.
Law Commission draft Sentencing Code and Report published
The Law Commission have published a draft Sentencing Code alongside an accompanying report. The Sentencing Code is intended to be a single statute which contains all of the law on sentencing procedure by consolidating the existing legislation.
Court of Appeal ruling on sentencing a child for rape
The court of appeal held that a sentence of two years detention in a Young Offenders Institution was not unduly lenient for a young man who had raped a six year old at the age of fifteen.
Howard League calls for sentencing guidelines for young adults – a new report
The Howard League for Penal Reform have published a report which concludes that formal sentencing principles for 18 - 25 year olds, similar to the Sentencing Council guidelines that are in place for children, would assist the courts and improve sentencing outcomes.
A case on sentencing children and young adults for manslaughter
The Court of Appeal held that the sentencing starting points taken by the judge, which had ranged from eight years and two months to nine years and six months' imprisonment, were lenient, however, not unduly lenient.
Judging maturity – A report on sentencing young adults
This report by the Howard League and Transition to Adulthood recommends that The Sentencing Council should work towards developing formal sentencing principles for young adults, similar to the principles that are in place for children.
Arson – a case on sentencing children
R v JT  EWCA Crim 1942 This judgment is a good example of the distinct and individualistic approach to be taken when sentencing children. Details The appellant was charged with, what on the face of it, was a serious matter of arson. The appellant had set fire to bus in a bus station, which […]