Tougher sentences for young people

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Sian Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In a speech to the Howard League for Penal Reform on 10 November 2017, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner said that teenage lawbreakers should face "harsher and more effective" prison sentences. Do you agree with this view?


Answer for Tougher sentences for young people

Answer for Tougher sentences for young people

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I share the Commissioner's concern at the damage inflicted on communities from repeat offending by a hardcore of young Londoners.

We will not give up on young people who have made the wrong choices. That's why we have launched a community-wide anti-knife crime campaign, and we are improving the support available to young offenders. But I'm also very clear that those who forego chances to leave crime behind and persist in offending should feel the full force of the law.

However, custody currently doesn't do enough to rehabilitate those who are detained. I am committed to looking at how custodial arrangements in London could be improved and exploring ways to improve these 'through the gate' services and ultimately reduce youth reoffending. This is a commitment within my Police and Crime Plan.