Malcolm Richardson JP, National Chairman of the MA, was one of four guests featured in an episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Unreliable Evidence’, focusing on youth justice.
Malcolm was joined by Shauneen Lambe(Executive Director of Just for Kids Law), Greg Stewart (a solicitor specialising in the representation of young defendants) and Olivia Pinkney (National Lead for Policing Children and Young People), in discussing issues such as the reduction in first-time entrants into the youth justice system, BAME disproportionality and safety in young offender institutions. Presenter, Clive Anderson, facilitated a lively programme, touching on whether the system has the right range of punishments and alternatives to custodial sentences, and the need to sufficiently recognise recent advances in understanding of the adolescent brain. Malcolm spoke about the specialist training of youth magistrates and the importance of young people appearing in the youth court wherever possible - an environment adapted to ensure young people are able to understand and actively participate in the justice process.
You can listen to the programme here.