“We think rehabilitation is particularly important for young people as there is significant potential for a young personā€™s behaviour to be changed and the risk of reoffending reduced, particularly as a result of their still developing maturity and their capacity for change.”

SCSN recently submitted a response to the Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) ‘Sentencing Young People’ Guideline Consultation – third guideline.

In their business plan, published in October 2018, they stated their intention to complete a set of three general guidelines on the principles and purposes of sentencing, the sentencing process, and the sentencing of young people. The SSC intend these general guidelines to form a framework for every sentencing decision in Scotland and provide a basis for future guidelines on specific offences.

The SSC also hope that they will promote a consistent approach to sentencing, and help to explain to the public how sentencing decisions are made. The first of these guidelines, ā€˜Principles and purposes of sentencingā€™, was approved by the High Court in October 2018, and came into force in November 2018. The second, ā€˜The sentencing processā€™, was subject to public consultation in summer 2019, and will be submitted to the High Court for approval in due course.

You can read the full SCSN response here: Sentencing Young People Consultation Response