The Big Question: At what age should children be held responsible for their criminal acts? – The Independent

Posted February 5th, 2009 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

Because the former head of the Youth Justice Board, Professor Rod Morgan, has called for the age at which children can be locked up –the so-called age of criminal responsibility – to be raised. The minimum age is currently 10 years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and eight in Scotland. Professor Morgan spoke for many criminologists and penal reformers when he argued that the age should be raised, and voiced concern that nothing would be done.”

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The Independent, 5th February 2009