Should lighter penalties for young offenders disappear?

3:04 min

The proposal to scrap lighter sentences for people convicted of crimes under the age of 21 has been criticised by several agencies, who say the measure won't reduce crime and goes against longstanding legal principals.

Right now, people who are convicted between the ages of 18 and 21 get lighter punishments, with the threshold to send them to prison being higher than for those who are older.

The government thinks it's unreasonable that people who are repeat offenders should get shorter sentences just because they are younger.

But a commissioned report detailing the plans to scrap the current system is being shot down by several major stakeholders, such as the prosecution service, the security police and the justice ombudsman.

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