Skip to comments.UK: Courts free 76% of teen muggers
Posted on 11/21/2011 1:02:39 AM PST by Stoat
Shock figures also show that fewer than 20 per cent of young burglars are locked up for raiding people's homes.
Just one in ten young arsonists ends up behind bars, and a shocking 96 per cent of juvenile sex offenders go free.
The bombshell statistics obtained through The Sun's Freedom of Information requests reveal just how lenient Britain's youth courts have become.
Of the 72,841 crimes prosecuted in youth courts over the past 12 months, just 4,849 were punished by custodial sentences a ratio of one in 15.
Instead of being put in young offenders' institutions, the vast majority of teenage criminals are let off with fines, referral or rehabilitation orders, and even weaker reparation or compensation requests.
Courts dealt with 3,194 robberies by under-18s, but just 762 cases, or 24 per cent, ended in custodial sentences. A mere one in 17 violent offenders was locked up.
Youth courts deal with offences committed by anyone aged ten to 17, with only the most serious cases sent to crown court. Specially-trained magistrates can lock up young people for up to two years.
Those aged ten to 14 can be sent to secure children's homes, while 15 to 17-year-olds can be sent to secure training centres. Young offenders' institutions run by the Prison Service take 15 to 21-year-olds.
Our revelations last night led to renewed attacks on soft Justice Secretary Ken Clarke's "light touch" system of punishment. Tory MP Priti Patel called the figures "shocking". She said: "These individuals know what they're doing, they are old enough to understand the law.
"The fact they're not being punished properly shows how feeble our criminal justice system is.
"Worse than that, it's failing to protect the public."
The Ministry of Justice said: "Sentencing is a matter for the independent judiciary. Their decisions are based on the individual circumstances of each case."
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Incidently Priti Patel, the Tory MP is of Indian origin (parents were kicked out of Uganda by Idi Amin) and is a member of the “Conservatives for Israel” group of MPs
The quick and easy solution to the problem of muggers.
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I’m not sure, I just grabbed a generic pic.
The rates are similar in the US
It may be worse here. Here they don’t bother even with the arrest or to even question the (well known) perps. OTOH, the sheriff suggests in subtle ways that people should take more responsibility for their own safety and property. But that’s out in the country, in the city people generally aren’t allowed to defend their lives and property.
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Kids that were caught burglarizing our neighborhood got 1 week in jail and did not have to pay restitution. Those whose homes they broke into pressed to have the kids pay for what each of us has lost. The court made it so difficult that we never had a chance to press our case.
For the week it cost them in jail, we figure they earned $200 a day for their efforts.
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Yes, I wonder what the US statistics are... This is a symptom (and cause) of a civilization in extreme decay. Here is a much cheaper and MUCH more effective way to immediately curb the criminal youth:
Public canings. It's the only way to deal with it that will work. Canings adjusted to age, weight, etc.
Of course there are many other things needed to stop the creation of these li'l thugs - NO welfare, NO subsidizing illegitimacy, etc and allowing citizens to defend themselves against crime without turning the citizens into evil criminals for "taking care of business". But the canings have to start ASAP.
When wrongdoing is not punished, guess what - we get MORE OF IT. And how can society exist in a fetid reeking stew of "acceptance and tolerance" of immorality? Tolerating crime or excusing it means fast increase of all manner of lawlessness, and no honest people can live in such anarchy.
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