Youth crime remains very low in Jersey

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

New figures released by the Minister for Home Affairs for 2013 indicate that youth crime levels in Jersey remain at a very low level.

Home Affairs Minister, Senator Ian Le Marquand, said: “The pattern of a major reduction in levels of youth crime has continued throughout 2013.  Here are the figures for the number of cases presented to the Youth Court”.

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Cases

 

344

253

179

71

62

“I was very pleasantly surprised by the 2012 figure, but the 2012 trend is being continued.”

The comparable figures for the numbers aged under 18 in the Young Offenders Institution at the Prison and in Greenfields Remand Centre in relation to criminal charges and for the number of offences committed by under 18s are also available:

Young Offenders Institution

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Number of admissions

20

41

18

6

3

Greenfields (criminal charge related)

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Number of young people on remand

26

20

9

4

6

Number of offences detected

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Offences detected

664

522

343

211

238

Senator Le Marquand added: “There continues to be a significant shift in the recent pattern of levels of youth crime, and this continues to be a very good news story.  During 2013 a member of my staff produced a report entitled ‘Youth Offending in Jersey’, which is available as R.101/2013 on the States Assembly website: www.statesassembly.gov.je.

The report celebrates the good practice that is occurring Island-wide in government agencies, businesses, and voluntary, community and faith based groups and acknowledges the real reduction in youth offending being experienced by the Island as evidenced by the above statistics.

The findings, however, indicate that this welcome reduction is being experienced in other jurisdictions, not just in Jersey.  The evidence from both the Island and other places points to the advent of internet usage as a link.  Consequently, we have recognised that there are potential concerns arising with regard to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, the changing nature of crime, crimes committed on-line, the collection of reliable data about internet crimes and the laws that we have to deal with this.

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