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Resettlement after prisons: What the Government needs to know for the new youth custody Bill

Hazel, N and Bateman, T 2013, Resettlement after prisons: What the Government needs to know for the new youth custody Bill , in: British Society of Criminology Conference, July, 2013, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Ministry of Justice in England and Wales is currently developing new legislation on youth custody, amid concerns of a high and rising rate of reoffending for those on this type of disposal. Initially billed as “putting education at the heart of detention”, it is becoming clearer that changes will have a particular focus on how best to ensure effective resettlement after release. This paper explores what lessons the government should heed from criminological research when planning the legislation. It examines the key policy messages from studies conducted on youth custody and resettlement since 1997. What factors are significantly associated with better outcomes for young people? What policy and practice changes does the research suggest are crucial for ‘successful’ resettlement? The paper reveals a number of important lessons for the overall organisation of custody, how to ensure a smooth transition at release, and how the multiple needs of young offenders can be addressed during the licence period. It concludes by suggesting key questions that remain unanswered as the Bill is drafted. Finally, the paper introduces a new five-year lottery funded project looking at these questions - Beyond Youth Custody.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resettlement, custody, prison, imprisonment, youth justice, young offenders, after care, crime, prison
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Refereed: No
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Neal Hazel
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2013 16:48
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:43
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/29502

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