Monday, October 23, 2006

Zero tolerance

Via Magistrate's blog via Britblog round-up, we've just discovered this article on youth offending
Crime rates have fallen drastically in Britain over the past ten years, but the number of children going through the criminal justice system just keeps on growing: it stands at 210,000 annually, up from 185,000 in the mid-1990s. In the past, most of those who come into contact with the system were given cautions. Now, half are prosecuted. With more than 3,000 under-18s in prison and juvenile detention centres bursting at the seams, Britain has one of the most punitive youth criminal justice systems of any democratic country.
Really is worth reading, though this end, we're not sure whether to rage or cry about it. Meanwhile the IPPR says that we're becoming a nation afraid of its younger generation. See the excellent Pam Hibbert of Barnardo's on the subject. (Thanks Dave)

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