Opinion: It's never too late to reform kids

Speaking at the launch of the independent Commission on Young Adults and the Criminal Justice System by charity the Barrow Cadbury Trust, Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross questioned the purpose of trying to reform teenagers. He felt it was pointless to work with young adults because their propensity for crime is determined much earlier in life. Aiming to change the attitudes of 18-21 year olds is an idealistic and woolly goal given that characters are well developed by that stage, he said. Well, the Jesuits do say: "Give me a child until he is seven and I'll show you the man".

by Sukhvinder Stubbs, chair of Young Enterprise (West Midlands); Email: sukhvinder.stubbs@haynet.com

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