Co-designing socially just justice with 18-25 year olds

Nina Vaswani, Trish McCulloch, Marianne McAra, Madeline Smith, Claire Lightowler, Fernando Lannes Fernandes, Grace Fletcher, Ruth Kerracher

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Young adults aged 18-25 are caught in a liminal space between child and adult systems in which they do not receive the special protections afforded to children nor the opportunities and entitlements that the majority of adults expect and receive.

This is particularly evident within the justice system whereby young adults are treated as adults, yet are still developing the physical, emotional and social maturity to assess risks, consider consequences, make decisions or fully understand and participate in justice processes. Subsequently, young adults are overrepresented in the justice system, experience poorer outcomes and are more likely to be reconvicted.


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