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The age of criminal responsibility

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Many thanks CANEM MALUM, I appreciate your most kind sentiments.
Posted by o sung wu, Friday, 7 December 2018 9:11:06 AM
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Loudmouth again quite right, remember the thread started with a move to make the age 16
Never called for punishment while in detention but yes a chance to learn
Some juveniles want to be in the spotlight, not rewarding them by giving them an audience while in detention seems best
Nothing of the current system need be retained, we can do far better
Many young Aboriginals think of time served as a holiday , away from the very thing that bought them there
Posted by Belly, Friday, 7 December 2018 1:33:26 PM
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These little thugs know they are doing the wrong thing, but age lets them off.

Terrified residents are forced to move out of their crime-riddled suburb to escape knife-wielding children as young as FIVE who are smashing windows, vandalising homes and cars and attacking locals in the streets

Residents of a Perth suburb have told how they are living in fear and have no option but to move out of their homes as children as young as five run riot.

Children in Ellenbrook, in the city's north-east, have vandalised dozens of homes and vehicles, stole electrical items and made death threats, residents say.

As the violence escalated, a nine-year-old boy was taken by police on Thursday and put into an unmarked car by his grandmother before he was driven away.

'People are ready to take law into their own hands because people are petrified of him, we've gone to police, we're asking police for help but when he gets returned home sometimes three times a night, he goes back out and does it again,' one resident told 9 News.

The nine-year-old, who is too young to be charged, is not the only youth alleged to be running amok in the suburb.

Residents say up to a dozen children living at two homes are also responsible for vandalism, burglaries and death threats in the area.

Other residents have said they plan to move out of the area.

One mother, who did not want to be named, said months of threats, break-in attempts and vandalism forced her to move into a rental home while continuing to pay her mortgage.

'I caught them on a fence with knives and as soon as I stopped rolling the camera, they said they were going to kill me,' Amanda told 7 News.

The nine-year-old boy is too young to face charges but Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said police were working closely with other agencies and his family to manage the situation.

Whole story
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6471569/Residents-forced-crime-riddled-suburb-children-young-FIVE-run-riot.html
Posted by Philip S, Saturday, 8 December 2018 2:34:19 AM
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Not sure they can be held to account because the law has loopholes
Not sure the law acts in the best interests of the kid, the victim, or the community by putting the age up to 16
Again yes some kids are victims of bad parenting, some parents are victims of just plain bad kids
I propose detention not be boot camp like, but re education with a target of stopping poor behavior
Leaving things as they are seems not an option, increasing the age of accountability seems mad
Posted by Belly, Saturday, 8 December 2018 4:57:24 AM
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Hi Belly,

//Not sure the law acts in the best interests of the kid, the victim, or the community//

Every time a child comes before the courts that is an admission of failure. Somehow that child has been failed by society. Bad parents, far too many of them, but in many cases those parents are failures themselves. "Responsibility" is a good word, no one seems interested in, or capable of, taking responsibility for delinquent children. As a last resort responsibility is left in the hands of the State through the police, judicial and child welfare systems. Certainly not ideal, with the vicious circle of crime and punishment, being repeated over and over until the child becomes an adult and enters the adult world of crime and punishment.
Posted by Paul1405, Saturday, 8 December 2018 4:17:34 PM
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are a bunch of Leftist academic bureaucrats?
Foxy,
No, but I'm not talking about them, I'm referring to those who caused this situation over the past 40 years & now as always, a conservative Govt is being blamed for not being able to sort out that mess with so much sabotage from the whole of the Left.
Posted by individual, Saturday, 8 December 2018 5:46:47 PM
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