Does that include teen Muslim jihadis coming from troubled homes (which I would identify as all Islam 101/post-hijra households)?
Knife teens could be spared jail if they are from a troubled home: Judges told to consider leniency if they believe it will help them reform
- Proposals from the Sentencing Council – a body dominated by judges
- They said the law should lead to higher sentences only for adult offenders
- The guidelines from the council, led by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, have been sent out for consultation
Rough background: Young thugs who carry knives may be spared jail if they are from bad homes or abusive families
Young thugs who carry knives may be spared jail if they are from bad homes or abusive families.
Laws passed last year said teenagers convicted of knife crimes must be locked up.
But sentencing rules issued yesterday said judges and magistrates should consider leniency if they think it will help a troubled teenager to reform.
The 2015 Criminal Justice and Courts Act said a 16 or 17-year-old must be given at least four months in a detention centre if found carrying a knife more than once, or if once caught threatening someone with a blade or a weapon.
Yesterday’s proposals from the Sentencing Council – a body dominated by judges which hands down guidelines that courts must follow – said the law should lead to higher sentences only for adult offenders.
In the case of knife crime by youths, the council said its new rules would ‘encourage courts to look in far greater detail at the age/maturity, background and circumstances of each offender in order to reach the most appropriate sentence that will best achieve the aim of preventing reoffending, which is the main function of the youth justice system’.