Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 25 Jul 2014 09:57:51 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at robertpetersmith I agree with the first comment... perhaps those parents who have children in jail should be punished too, or even better banned from having kids! I know that would never fly with the human rights lobby but my god wouldn't it be great - people having to prove they are able to have kids, by working, behaving responsibly and knowing where their kids are!! Thu 03 Jul 2008 10:29:26 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 Mark:Happy 10 years to YJB....How much does the "programme" cost each year and how many young adults does it help.thanks! Tue 01 Jul 2008 18:13:59 GMT+1 poshCrescentmoon There was a time when the bobby doing his rounds on his pushbike would clout a youth and send him packing off home if he saw any kind of antisocial behaviour. This often followed by a visit to the home of the youth and a good talking to the parents. He was as respected as was the local clergyman, doctor or teacher and other respectable citizens of the local area. We have invented so many laws to mend laws that have become out of control - like medicines to relieve the side-effects of medicines. All this costs a lot. Maybe some of the answers could lie in the way we used to be. This is not an impossibility. We could start, for example, showing more tear-jerking oldies like Dixon of Dock Green! (I am not joking). People crave for the 'authorities' to take the lead and they crave for good behaviour which we are all naturally inclined to. We should go back to the future. Start with the media, motivate the existing parents and encourage moral behaviour in schools. Parents should be given a reward of some sort by taking part in school activities. The kids are only reacting to what is happening in today's society where we let the real criminals rule the streets. Mon 30 Jun 2008 21:58:23 GMT+1 Anne Sullivan The idea of a target "quota" to reduce the number of kids in custody makes no sense. The target should be to reduce the number of crimes. I can see working towards a reduced percentage of incarcerated children based on the crime rate, but to have a target based on raw numbers is to separate the problem from the result. What next? A political push to release young offenders in order to reach the preferred numbers, even if youth crime goes up? Mon 30 Jun 2008 17:10:56 GMT+1 TezNat2 We lock up most Kids because they have been 'dragged-up' by 'Parents' that are too lazy and uncaring. Some 'Parents' would rather have their Kids in Prison than at home. It saves them the trouble. Such 'Parent' should face Penalties as well as their Kids. If they did, much of these problems would not arise. We can thank the 'PC' blight AND Labour for many of these problems initailly. Mon 30 Jun 2008 13:38:26 GMT+1