(Original post by Nalk1573)
This may be the only way to stop it
Basically these teenagers come from homes where they can't afford food, clothing, school items, and have resorted to crime.
The future for them is slave wages and never being able to afford rent.
So should we propose amnesty ?
"these teenagers come from homes where they can't afford food, clothing, school items"
That part is catagorically and statistically not true.
They come from lower-income homes, yes.. but those that come from homes that can't afford food/clothing/school items make up a tiny minority of offenders.
If you sensationalise your language to try and make people feel sorry for them to the point of lying, people will resent your position more.
Slaves didn't earn wages... that was kind of the point of slavery
again: If you sensationalise your language to try and make people feel sorry for them to the point of lying, people will resent your position more.
"never being able to afford rent."
Even on minimum wage you can afford cheap rental accomodation, if no council or goverment support is avaliable. If you are earning less then mimum-wage, then you should pool together with others to find a place to live until you can increase your earnings, stay with your family/friends etc.
again again: If you sensationalise your language to try and make people feel sorry for them to the point of lying, people will resent your
As for your actual point: Amnesties only work if they are accompnied by a policy change. So for example if you had a lot of children at school stealing pens.. and you say "today, there will be an amnesty on stealing pens.. anyone who comes forward and admits it, will not be punished... and from tommorow onwards, every student will be provided with a free pen each term, and anystealing will be dealt with even more harshly"
You have a potentially effective measure there, where
First: people admit their guilt in return for a blank-slate
Second: the circumstances change, so to remove some of the root causes of the problem in the first place
Third: everyone now enters the new circumstances on an even playing field, and the whole situation starts fresh
So in your case, yes an amnesty may be effective.. but ONLY
if its paired with a set of policies that target the causes of moped gang crime.
If you have the amnesty without the change of circumstances, people will admit their guilt, have their record wiped.. and then find themselves in the exact same situation that caused them to commit crime in the first place.. and they will do so again.
The tricky part obviously is that in the case of moped gang crime, identifying the causes are not as easy as say kids stealing pens in school (and even then there are more variables then just that some kids don't have pens..). Income/poverty does play a part - but doesn't explain the entire problem, and can't be the only way you look at solving it.