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Question: 'Group Assessment:Should parent’s be held responsible for the criminal acts of their children to a greater or lesser extent than the law at present commands?'

Answer: We can’t cope with the effects of youth crime - 1997 Audit showed that youth crime amounts to 7 million recorded offences per year, costing over £4 billion, and only a quarter being solved by police. The courts deal with only 3% of these offences - i.e. a caution is the most typical form of sanction, as children under 15 cannot be ordered to a Young Offender’s Institution. Only 1 in 18 receives a custodial sentence, and many receive caution after caution with impunity. The average age for a young offender is 15. A quarter of all known offenders in Britain are under 18. In ten years there will be an estimated 10,000 more criminal teenagers if the trends continue..........(short extract)

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Details: - Mark: 67% | Course: Jurisprudence | Year: 1st | Words: 17232 | References: Yes | Date written: July, 1998 | Date submitted: February 16, 2009 | Coursework ID: 226

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