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Youth Justice Pledge

The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) drew journalists’ attention to the Youth Justice Pledge statistics for February which had been published today. These showed that there were now 66 days from arrest to sentence for young offenders, particularly persistent offenders – well within the 71 day target set by the Government.

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  1. Splendid news. An election commitment kept and exceeded, very well done to all at the LCD/DCA. No doubt this contributed to the fall in crime reported a short while ago.

    Comment by David Boothroyd — 11 May 2004 on 5:28 pm | Link
  2. It is good, but unfortunately rare, to see an election commitment met. Its also a pity that it is such a meaningless commitment.

    I can’t remember any evidence to support David’s claim that increasing the speed of the justice system by 5 days will have any effect on the crime rate. In fact justice systems that are quicker tend to be more prone to error and so the net effect is more innocent people in prison and more criminals still on the streets.

    I know that an efficient justice system is a deterent to crime but the effect only occurs where people know that the system is efficient. With the right wing press in this country they are not going to make a big story out of anything that could be considered a success for the Government – even if it appeals to their views about sending more young people to prison. As the media don’t report improvements in the justice system any deterent effect is lost.

    Comment by Uncarved Block — 11 May 2004 on 7:53 pm | Link
  3. With all the bad news going around lately, it’s pretty easy for good news to get buried.

    Comment by Gregory Block — 14 May 2004 on 1:57 pm | Link

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