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By Nicholas Cowdery

ISBN-10: 1865083224

ISBN-13: 9781865083223

Crime is the favorite subject of talk-back 'shock jocks' and self-important newspaper columnists. Lurid debts of the doings of crims and corrupt police officers, using mangled statistics, 'crime waves' and demands politicians, judges, police (someone, an individual) to 'get tricky on crime' continuously locate an viewers. 'Zero tolerance policing' and 'mandatory sentencing' are the most recent calls for of these buying and selling on public anxiousness. Nicholas Cowdery is aware the legal justice procedure inside of out. A famous recommend, he is determined to demolish the claims of these who dominate the airlines in a chain of crisp and witty essays which set the list directly.

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So it is with legal adulthood — some are ready for it before 18 and some after 18, but for practical purposes we have set 18 years as the boundary. But even those under 18 are dealt with differently to take account of changes in physical and psychological development during that period, depending again (for practical reasons) on age divisions. Under 10 years a child cannot, by law, commit a crime; that is, cannot be dealt with under the criminal law for any conduct (even if, committed by an older person, it could clearly be regarded as criminal).

Why does it have to be drawn at all? Why should not all offenders against the criminal law be treated the same way, regardless of age? The reason is that children are children, even though 4 9 G e t t i n g J u s t i c e W r o n g some may mature into practical adulthood before turning 18. The physical and psychological maturing process continues throughout life but takes place most rapidly in the early years. It may be illustrative to consider Shakespeare’s seven ages of man, but the boundaries of those divisions too are fuzzy.

Intelligence-led, targeted policing can reduce crime. The police don’t always get it right, of course. Every 2 3 G e t t i n g J u s t i c e W r o n g holiday period police stack the highways with hidden speed detectors and write thousands of tickets. The priority is clearly revenue raising. If it were crime reduction, the effort would be put into making these measures as visible as possible, with clearly marked cars everywhere and roadside stations displayed for all to see. Police would be stopping and speaking to offenders, not sending bills out in the mail: a kind of ‘user pays’ for lawbreaking, or a tax on offending.

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