ChatterBank2 mins ago
Age of criminal responsibility?
This was on the news over the weekend so I'm amazed no one has asked the question on here so here goes.
Is 10 fair enough or should it be rasied or lowered. The childrens commissionaer, Maggie Atkinson thinks it should be 12, and that the Bulger killers should not have been prosecuted.
I think it's fine as it is, what do you think ABers?
Should We Change The Age Of Criminal Responsibility?
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Should the Age of Criminal Responsibility be changed?
- The age of Criminal Responsibility is fine as it is - 10 votes
- The age of Criminal Responsibility should be raised - 9 votes
- The age of Criminal Responsibility should be lowered - 7 votes
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They also say
"The editors of The Sun newspaper handed a petition bearing nearly 280,000 signatures to Home Secretary Michael Howard, in a bid to increase the time spent by both boys in custody."
Because that's the proper way to determine verdicts isn't it? - have a publicity campaign - nowadays you'd do a phone-in and cash in at the same time!
I don't ask these in a combative way, just that as I said, I don't know where to begin and I want an inkling of how other people have such firm ideas about something so subjective.
In Victorian times, most children would be working to help support the family. This had the effect of passing a law in 1880 ensuring that children had to attend school from 6 to age 10.
Children age 9-11 could work 8 hours a day and 11 - 18 year olds could work a maximum of 12 hours a day. Children under 9 could not work. BUT this only applied to the Textile industry. Coal mines etc could have children from the age of 5 working in them.
Not sure what you think of the Victoria Era, but it certainly wasn't 'innocent'
Maggie Atkinson knows far more about child psychology than me. And I dare say, experts on the other side of the debate do too.
Happy for them to thrash it out rather than chucking emotive guesswork around.