Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the travel restrictions that many jurisdictions are facing, it was decided to hold Juveniles & Young Adults in Prison and Probation Workshop fully online. Two half-day morning sessions are planned to take place on the 1 and 2 December 2020 via online Zoom platform.
When talking about criminal behaviour and types of sanctions and measures imposed on people who have committed crimes, the vast majority of times our focus is on adults and on treatment programs mainly designed for the male-adult population. The reality is that there are also juveniles and young adults who are exposed to a series of risk factors, such as poor parental skills, criminal behaviour accepted by family and peer group, low interest/commitment in school or work, peer rejection, differences in temperament, impulsivity, low level of empathy or remorse, drug use, the impact of school policies toward delinquency and the broader influences of the neighbourhood/community – all aspects being able to lead to antisocial behaviour and committing crimes.
Their status of juveniles or young adults as well as their neuropsychological development mean that more attention should be paid to what type of sanctions and measures are imposed. As several authors indicate, those measures should have a restorative approach and therefore become a meaningful activity for the juveniles and young adults’ lives. It is also essential to reflect on what type of treatment programs are more appropriate and effective to reduce juvenile delinquency and criminal behaviours and to promote protective factors.
This expert workshop will address the perspective of different European experts in the field of juveniles and young adults who have committed crimes, both from interventions in the community and closed regime institutions.
EuroPris workshops are open for European public sector representatives, academics and NGOs only.