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How old, or young, do you have to be to be classed as a young offender? Find out here, plus info on ASBOs and getting back on the straight and narrow...
If you're aged 10-17 and have committed an offence, you're a young offender.
It's always a last resort. The main custodial (prison) sentence for 12 to 17-year olds is the Detention and Training Order (DTO), which lasts from four months to two years. It combines time in prison with time in the community under supervision of a probation officer.
If you've been in trouble with the law but want to get back on the straight and narrow, it can be difficult. Being tempted back into crime, not being able to get a job, not having enough money, family problems and staying away from drink and drugs are some of the problems people can face when trying to turn their lives around.
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