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From playground to prison: the conveyor belt to crime

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This report examines the latest available data for 10 and 11 year olds in the criminal justice system and finds that the current process is not the most effective and cost-efficient way of dealing with their offending.

The evidence shows that about half of the children of that age sentenced in court in 2008 will have re-offended within a year and that their experience within the criminal justice system increases the likelihood that they will go on to commit further crimes. We are calling on the Government to consider raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 for all crimes except the most serious, such as rape, manslaughter and murder; and are urging them to spend money more wisely on effective ways to stop youth crime, for instance through family intervention.

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Associated subjects and types

Policy and research documents, Campaign documents, Youth justice


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