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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Fiona Mactaggart): The National Offender Management Service is to establish a project to develop a strategy and standard for the management of younger adult offenders in custody and the community.
The purpose of the project will be to identify how the special needs of young adults can best be met in the context of the new approach to offender management, and taking account of the new custodial and community sentences in the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
Among other matters the project will consider the appropriate age range for those to be treated as young adult offenders, the use of the prison estate for this age group, and the regimes and interventions required in
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prison and in the community. It will also consider the commencement of Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act 2000 (which abolishes the sentence of detention in a young offender institution) and the consequent safeguards which will be required for this age group.
The project will be led by the National Offender Management Service, and will involve operational interests from prisons and probation, and other Government Departments. Representatives from the voluntary and community sector will be invited to participate.