Judges often assume under-18s are gang members, says report by Transform Justice

Hundreds of children arrested by the police are being locked up before trial by “risk-averse” judges, who often view them as gang members, according to a significant new report.

The research, the first of its kind for almost a decade, paints a picture of a criminal justice system that views children as “mini adults”, with the result that many are remanded into custody with potentially traumatic consequences. The “overuse” of pre-trial detention – described in the report by Transform Justice, the national justice charity – is at odds with what happens to most of the children post-trial. Of those remanded, two-thirds do not go on to receive a custodial sentence.

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