In the week that we learnt that almost 3,000 crimes were committed by under 10's, and therefore can never be tried, including a worrying 66 sex offences, the Head of the Criminal Bar Association has said that trying youths (i.e. those between 10 and 18) in adult courts, which only happens for the most serious of cases, is wrong. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6975558.stm I strongly disagree with her, the youths need to be made aware of the serious situation that they are in (after all this only happens in the most serious of cases), based upon the fact that they are no longer being treated as a child, they committed an adult offence and as which should be tried as an adult, it might well put the fear of god into them never to do it again. Obviously I am not suggesting that we get rid of Borstals, there is no way an under 18 should be sent to an adult prison, but they should be tried in an adult court with the full powers of one. It is time then to get them out of crime before they enter into a lifetime of it, and perhaps by setting the example to them at a comparatively early age that if you break the law you will suffer the consequences it might just sort them out.