Cracking down on youth offenders will mean they commit more crimes to pay the fines, claim probation officers – The Observer

Posted August 8th, 2011 in bills, criminal justice, fines, news, probation, young offenders by tracey

“Prison numbers and crime rates will rise as a result of government attempts to curb youth crime, according to Napo, the union representing Britain’s probation workers.Napo claims late amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and the Punishment of Offenders bill, introduced in response to coalition concerns that it was seen to be going ‘soft on crime’, will backfire. The bill proposes a 10-fold increase in the fine for an individual who breaches a youth rehabilitation order, from the current £250 to £2,500.”

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The Observer, 7th August 2011