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Short Update: COVID-19 court delays may lead to more children and young people being convicted as adults in England and Wales

FT Admin - June 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

There are as many as 1,400 young people turning 18 who may end up being prosecuted as adults, due to delays caused or exacerbated by COVID-19, the Youth Justice Legal Centre has said. 

This could mean no access to youth diversion schemes or anonymity during court proceedings, and adult sentences could also involve much longer rehabilitation periods, “reducing employment prospects and preventing people from moving on with their lives”. 

Read the report here: Timely Justice – Turning 18

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