Protecting the privacy of young offenders
86.1% of young people we consulted agreed that ‘In order to protect young offenders and young people who have a family member in prison, newspapers and other media outlets should be prevented from publishing the address of a person who has been sentenced in Court.’ 6.1% disagreed and 7.8% didn’t know.
We’ve had a few young people be quite upset because people at school have found out about things that have gone on at home. Even local newspapers have published the details, and where we live, everyone knows you!– A young person whose family is affected by drugs or alcohol.
Rehabilitating young offenders
The majority of young people we spoke to (56.1%) agreed that ‘Young offenders up to the age of 18- years-old should not be imprisoned, and rehabilitative alternatives to detention should be put into practice.’ This refers to alternative options to prison for those convicted of a crime such as therapy, community service etc. 25.7% disagreed and 18,2% didn’t know.