Interrupted Life: the Criminal Justice System as a disruptive force on the lives of young offenders

Published: Nov 2009

Dr Anita Wilson - Economic & Social Research Council

Examining the disruptive role the criminal justice system can play in young offenders' lives. Numerous court appearances, relocation to other prisons and the restrictions of licence conditions, for example all contribute to the curtailment of progress before, during and beyond prison. The paper is based on the young men at one establishment and the interruptions they have encountered. The research set out with a title of ‘Interrupted Education’, but comments from young prisoners necessitates a change to what they more fully describe as ‘Interrupted Life’.