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Child arrests spark concern in Britain
Wed May 11, 2011 9:25PM|
British police are arresting tens of thousands of children every year across the UK, of whom only a third ends in court, new figures show.
The figures provided by the Howard League for Penal Reform showed that almost 250,000 children aged 10-17 were arrested in 2009, including almost 28,000 under 14, of whom only 81,500 received court treatment and of them just 5,176 were jailed, British media reported.
The figures also indicated "an excessive and inappropriate use of arrest for children", said the Howard League.
It warned the situation could deteriorate if police and crime commissioners, which will be elected to oversee forces for the first time next year, see children as an easy and popular target to boost arrests.
"Children are 'low-hanging fruit' which partly accounts for their extremely high arrest rates when the police were forced to work to targets”, said Frances Crook, the charity's director.
"A police commissioner would find it more electorally enticing to run a campaign aimed at the easy arrest and detention of children rather than devoting resources to crimes that appeal less to the local media or populace. Anyone who is the parent of a child will understand how upsetting it would be to find that your son or daughter has been arrested”, added Crook.
Children are entering the criminal justice system when their behaviour should instead be a concern for their families and the welfare system, the charity said.
Remember those evil wicked two older kids that killed a very young child many years ago after they abducted him from a mall and the two older kids smashed his skull with a pipe and brick and had the body run over by a train? Such evil wickedness was done by two kids that were not even teenagers. It was a very bad evil crime and now the two are free as secret adults.
The un and eu countries have critisied the uk for the way we treat children.Like victorian times, we in the uk talk of brutal and adult forms of punishment for children who don`t know any better.Then we take their dna like some 1984 orwellian evil society.But beore PACE,the police used to beat prisoners in there care.Just ask my dad.