Criminal Justice System

The criminal justice system is the system of practices and government institutions which uphold social control.

The criminal justice system deters and mitigates crime, and sanctions those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts.

Advice and support for young people around crime
The Young Minds website provide some sources of advice and support for young people around crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Association of Panel Members
Community Panel Members are two or three members of the community who sit on a Youth Offending Team (YOT) panel meeting. They follow agreed formats and ground rules to discuss with a young person and their parent carer the impact of their offence on the victim, their parent(s) and the community.
This Government website provides information on the administration and regulation of the justice system in England and Wales.

No One Knows: Offenders with Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities
A briefing paper by the Prison Reform Trust (2007) that highlights the fact that many offenders have learning difficulties or learning disabilities that interfere with their ability to cope with the criminal justice system.

Sentence Trouble
At least 60% of young people in the youth justice system have communication needs. This website provides information and resources for the people who work with them.

Staying Positive: The Criminal Justice System and Learning Disabilities
This Easy Read Information for people with Learning Disabilities and Learning Difficulties was published by the Department of Health in 2011.

Youth Justice Board Toolkits
These toolkits have been developed to provide quick and easy access to performance improvement resources. The toolkits, developed following direct work with services across England and Wales, enable Youth Offending Teams to identify and address areas of under-achievement, risk or change.

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