Children with criminal past should be given clean slate at 18, say MPs
Inquiry says children involved in minor non-violent crime should have record wiped to stop them becoming criminals in future
The Guardian, Thursday 19 June 2014
The proposal to wipe the slate clean for teenage offenders when they turn 18 is part of a package of urgent reforms proposed by the MPs and peers. Photograph: David Levene
Children who have been involved in minor non-violent crime but have stopped offending should be given a clean sheet when they reach 18 to ensure they do not become the adult criminals of the future, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.
An inquiry, chaired by Lord Carlile, the former official reviewer of counterterrorism laws, says children who offend should also be given lifelong anonymity, after an in-depth investigation of the youth justice system found systemic failings and an inability to prevent youth offending.
The proposals are part of a package of reforms proposed by the MPs and peers. They said it would not apply to serious violent or sex offenders and would only be available if a specified time period had elapsed without any further convictions….