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Title: Review of the Submissions on the Government White Paper on Young Offenders
Author(s): J Matthews
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Comments from various organizations pertaining to the British Government's White Paper on Young Offenders are reviewed.
Abstract: Comments from the 14 organizations considered indicate a general feeling of disappointment and of opportunities missed in the paper. Much of the response focused on proposals for juvenile offenders (those under age 17). The proposals are as follows: (1) where a juvenile already in the care of a local authority as an offender is found guilty of a further imprisonable offense, power should be given the court to add a residential care order (RCO), with the effect that for a fixed period not exceeding 6 months the juvenile is not allowed to remain at home; (2) the detention center should be retained for male offenders aged 14 and 17, but with shorter maximum and minimum periods of detention; (3) the courts should have power to impose medium term sentences of custody on offenders aged 15 or 16 (now liable to be sentenced to borstal training); (4) the court should be able, on the recommendation of the supervising officer, to specify the program of activities a juvenile undertakes in the community; (5) probation and aftercare committees should have the power to provide intermediate treatment facilities, consistent with proper coordination of local arrangements; (6) the juvenile courts should be able to impose community service orders on offenders aged 16; and (7) there should be a clarification and strengthening of the measures which enable the courts to make parents pay the fines of juveniles or to enter into recognizances. Organizations leveled various criticisms at these proposals.
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; England; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile justice planning; Sentencing reform; Youthful offenders
Note: National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders Briefing, (September 1981)
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