SCYJ has submitted written evidence to the Public Bill Committee for the Offensive Weapons Bill (2017-19). The Bill creates a number of new laws around the possession and intended use of knives and corrosive substances.
SCYJ opposes measures in the Bill that will increase the use of mandatory minimum custodial sentences for children. This includes by creating an ill-defined and loose offence for possession of corrosive substances, and by substantially lowering the conviction threshold for the offence of threatening with a knife or offensive weapon.
SCYJ opposes mandatory custodial sentences given that they remove judicial discretion, and there is no evidence that custodial sentences deter children, nor that they are rehabilitative or necessary for public protection.
Read our full submission here.