Teenager builds life of crime

He’s 16 and has 60 charges for theft and assault, and the Children’s Commissioner believes harsh sentences are not effective for young criminals like him.
Despite numerous stays in Child, Youth and Family (CYF) justice facilities, alcohol and drug rehabilitation units, and weeks spent on remand in police cells, the lure of easy money was more potent than the threat of punishment.
Wiremu (not his real name) will turn 17 this year and says the threat of being sent to prison is the one thing that may curb his criminal actions.