You report that the government has no intention of raising the age of criminal responsibility (Were James Bulger’s killers too young to stand trial?, Society, 6 February). However, there is another way to achieve the same outcome.
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Young criminals should be sent to “secure colleges” similar to modern-day borstals to be rehabilitated, the Justice Secretary will announce.
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More offenders will have to meet their victims and apologise before being sentenced under a rapid expansion of restorative justice unveiledon Tuesday.
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Every local authority is grappling with the challenge of increasing demand for services at a time of severe financial constraint. To meet this challenge we will need new partnerships and new relationships with our residents to help us solve local problems.
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Young offenders came face-to-face with a victim of their crimes as a Government pilot project to tackle yob behaviour got under way in Wakefield.
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The number of under-16s held in custody in Gloucestershire has fallen by 68% over five years, a BBC investigation has found.
Last week The Independent shone a necessary light upon one of the most dark and depressing consequences of our retributive criminal justice system: the impacts upon the children and family of incarcerated mothers.
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Restorative justice is being underused in the youth justice system because of a lack of sentencing options for young offenders, the head of the Magistrates’ Association has said.
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Bradford parents are queuing up to get their children on restorative justice programmes to stop them getting a criminal record.
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Two boys died in youth custody last month. It’s a reminder that we reserve our most dangerous and violent jails for children.
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Esther Babalola never regarded herself as part of a gang. Her friends, boys she knew from school, were in a Hoxton crew “doing all sorts” but she never stooped to anything illegal, she said, and stayed on the periphery.
Continue reading “It could have been me shot dead that day… now I rescue others – London Evening Standard.” »