St Helier Deputy Jacqueline Hilton said that she would support measures being considered that could end a juvenile offender’s automatic right to anonymity in the courts.In the UK, newspapers are now regularly publishing the names and pictures of the worst offenders when they are made the subject of an Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO).
Such orders are currently being looked at by focus groups appointed by the Home Affairs Committee to review the criminal justice system.Deputy Hilton said: ‘Everyone is concerned about criminal behaviour by young people.
There’s a group of a dozen or so youngsters in town who are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime.
It would help, I believe, if they were named and shamed.
I have significant concerns about that small group.
Obviously we are not talking about all young people, as a majority are good, law-abiding citizens.’