The Criminal Statistics, for example, show a marked decline in the number of 10-to-13-year-olds convicted or cautioned in the years since 1985. The numbers of 14-to-17-year-olds convicted or cautioned has remained more or less constant over that period.
It is said that the greater use of informal action by the police may explain these trends. But as they stand, the statistics do not warrant the feverish language about young people and crime to which politicians of both main parties now seem to be addicted.
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