System 'fails to tackle' youth crime
Wednesday 10 February 1993
The Association of Metropolitan Authorities' study, Children and Trouble, also criticised 'massive' regional variations in sentencing young offenders. Cautioning rates varied from 49 per cent of boys aged 14-16 in Durham to 84 per cent in Kent.
The report comes amid demands for a crackdown on teenage crime, with the Government considering establishing secure units to give persistent offenders aged 12-15 a regime of punishment, discipline and education.
A survey of police forces found a hard core of between 100 and 300 young criminals, but Home Office officials believe that underestimated the problem.
The new report argues that while arrest figures are difficult to interpret, it appeared that juvenile crime was 'no longer out of control', with a 40 per cent drop in youth crime between 1979 and 1990. But the number of crimes was growing, with a rising number of persistent offenders.
Last year, young criminals in West Yorkshire were responsible for 21 per cent of crime, although they are just 10 per cent of the population. National statistics in 1990 showed nearly a quarter of crime was committed by a juvenile population of 10 per cent.
Sandy Marks, chair of the AMA working party which prepared the report, said there had to be a speedier system to stop young offenders early in their criminal careers. The issue was about community safety and preventing youngsters from continuing to offend to ensure crime was reduced.
- 1 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 3 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
- 4 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wedding: The famous congratulate actor and human rights lawyer after Venice nuptials
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >
£330 - £350 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Lond...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Reading: Maths Teacher required to teach Furthe...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Primary teachers requ...
£18000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...