By Adnan Mouhiddin
The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales recognises young people to be between the ages of 10-17 years, young adults 18-20 years and adults 21 years and over. Answering the question becomes crucial when we consider that the crime data differs in accordance with these different categories. For instance, of the total people sentenced for indictable offences in the year ending March 2016, 6% were young people, 9% were young adults and 85% were adults. The Youth Justice System in England and Wales works to ‘prevent offending and reoffending by young people under the age of 18’ (YJB, 2017:5).