1. Wider Youth Court Jurisdiction
Extend the jurisdiction of the Youth Court so it can deal with 12- and 13-year-olds accused of serious offences.
2. New Powers for the Youth Court
Give the Youth Court the power to issue a new range of compulsory orders. We will back these orders up with funding for the relevant services.
New powers include:
• Parenting orders: Parenting courses to address problems at home that may be contributing to a young person’s offending.
• Mentoring programmes: Providing role models to young offenders for a period of up to 12 months.
• Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes: Designated funding to help get young offenders sober.
3. Tougher Sentences for the Worst Offenders
• Longer residential sentences: Up to six months in a Youth Justice facility.
• Fresh Start Programmes: Revolutionary, year-long, intensive programmes designed to instil discipline and address underlying causes of offending; including up to three months of residential training at, for example, an army facility.
• Spotlight Sentences: Non-compliance with these court-ordered supervision contracts will result in electronic monitoring using an ankle bracelet.