When persistent juvenile offenders are taken to court and learn that they must be released on bail, they receive no incentive to change their ways.
My colleagues and I and our Benches experience this problem daily in the outer London Courts. We share the very real and understandable concerns of the Metropolitan Police Service and the public that juvenile law enforcement and criminal justice processes are, in this particular respect, wholly ineffectual under current legislation.
P. W. H. LYDIATE
Justices' Clerks' Society
Outer London Branch
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