The CCRC has launched a YouTube video aimed at young people with criminal convictions. The three minute film, called Not the End of the Road,  can be seen here:

 

We made this film to help us reach young people with convictions.  We did it because we get far fewer applications than we would expect from people under the age of 18[1]; in fact, over the last five years we have received only 35 applications from people under 18.

We receive an even lower proportion from under 18s from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) population who make up around 45% of under 18s in custody.

Our video seeks to reflect the facts on the ground so that it stands the best chance of reaching vulnerable young people with convictions who may need to know who we are and what we do so that they can make a properly informed decision about whether  they need more information about the CCRC.

Of course we recognise that people in custody will not be able to view the film but we hope that our open source YouTube video will be shared and viewed as widely as possible so that young people with convictions, and their friends and families, are aware that the CCRC exists to look again at wrongful convictions and know where to do to get more information if they need it.

We recognise that it is difficult for the CCRC to speak a language that young people will understand and engage with. That is why we enlisted local organisations with good links with their communities to help us make contact with young people. With their help, we held a youth engagement workshop at the Commission’s offices. A YouTube video was one of a number of suggestions arising out of the event that the CCRC has pursued.

 

[1] We generally expect our application rates from particular groups to roughly match the proportion of the prison population that the group represents.
According to the HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ Children in Custody 2015/16 report, there are currently around 750 under 18s in Young Offenders Institutions. The HMIP report notes that that figure has fallen 59% over the last six years. It is clear that applications to the CCRC from people under 18 are well below what one would expect given the number of people in that group receiving custodial sentences and therefore even further below what one would expect given the total number of people in that age group being convicted of offences.