Child criminals should get lifelong anonymity, official report says
UK. Child criminals should be given lifelong anonymity to reduce reoffending rates, a government-commissioned review has recommended. Ministers are considering introducing legislation to indefinitely ban the identification of offenders who commit crimes while under 18, the Times reported.
If the law had been in place when Robert Thompson and Jon Venables murdered two-year-old James Bulger, the public would never have known their identities.Currently, under-18s are automatically granted anonymity when they appear in a youth court and are routinely granted the same if they appear at crown court. However, this expires when they become adults. Read more at theguardian.com