This is, if ye will excuse my Irish, feckkin wrong!! Plain and simple! Whatever the crime a young person has committed, however heinous, or daft, that young is very vulnerable to the pressure that can be applied by crafty adults in the Criminal Justice System.
Now, I not talking about a slap on the wrist and behave yourself level of response. No, I would like to see justice done and fairly applied and every effort made to see and be seen to do so, and that means fair and open access to legal representation, and where juveniles are concerned automatically applied, so there can be no question of unfair practice, or railroading a youngster through the prison gates!!