Task
Case Study 1 - What is the best way of dealing with young offenders?
 
In the 1990s a researcher looked at over 1,000 types of punishment of young offenders used all over the world. When he wrote it up he called his article "Nothing Works", because that was what he found.
In this Gallery you have seen how Borstals tried to reform young criminals through giving them a chance to show their good side.
Young offender
The re-offending rate was high so they were closed down. The "short, sharp shock", which replaced them, had a re-offending rate just as high.
What is your solution to the problem of young people who break the law?
Discuss this in groups and work it out fully, including what the sentences should be for minor crimes, serious offences and crimes of violence.