Monday, November 21, 2011

Just one in four teenage muggers is locked up as vast majority of youth criminals walk free from soft courts - 21st Nov 2011

Britain's youth courts are just jailing one in four teenage muggers, it has emerged.

It is a further embarrassment for the Government, which has been accused of employing a 'light touch' when it comes to punishment.

A mere one in 15 under-18s who have been caught committing a crime have been imprisoned in the past year, the figures obtained by The Sun revealed.

Only one in ten teenage arsonists were locked up, the statistics showed, while of those who committed sex crimes, an incredible 96 per cent walked free.

Just 24 per cent of robberies by under-18s ended in custodial sentences, said the newspaper, and only one in 17 violent offenders was locked up. Read More