Pros And Cons Of Joint Enterprise

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Joint enterprise is growing problem in our modern society were teenagers are sentenced because they were present when the offender delivered the fatal blow. There have been arguments for and against joint enterprise and whether the law should stay or be abolished this is because too many young people are being condemned for just witnessing attacks or observing illegal activities. I do believe those who took part deserve to be punished too, just not as rigorously. Personally I believe that the offender who commits the crime should therefore be held accountable and should be punished for it. This leaves us wondering: are the wrong people going to jail?
First of all, there has been a significant rise in the amount of young people being jailed
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However, the facts disagree with this statement. Court dealing with joint enterprise has seen the appeals increase by 11% between the years 2008 and 2013. If the youth are more aware of Joint enterprise shouldn’t the crime be decreasing? This would be the real evidence that the law is effective. In my opinion I think that joint enterprise has some benefits which I think it has been able to make teenagers more aware of penalties that are obtainable for being present in an…show more content…
We also have seen that there has been an urgent review on Joint enterprise “The Justice Select Committee has called on the government to carry out an “urgent review” of the joint enterprise law in murder cases, saying it has a growing problem that the common law doctrine may be causing injustice” this has increased the amount of appeal cases by 11% to 22% this is because the people prosecuted believe that there is not enough corroboration against them and feel that they are not accountable for it. This shows that many amounts of teenagers are being condemned for crimes they didn’t
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