Locking up ‘teenage thugs’ is a sign of failure | Adrian Gray

Cressida Dick has called for harsher sentences for young criminals. As an ex-prisoner, I believe jail should be the last resort for the young

“Time to lock up teen thugs.” That’s how one newspaper summed up the views of the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, after she called for “harsher and more effective” prison sentences for young criminals. Too many were “simply not fearful of how the state will respond to their actions”, Dick said in a speech to the Howard League for Penal Reform. One 16-year-old with 42 convictions had not spent a single day behind bars.

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