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A TEENAGE thug who subjected a Litherland family to a series of assaults and intimidation has been ordered to take part in a course of electro-acupuncture.

The 17-year-old boy, also from Litherland, carried out two attacks on the family on October 7, 2012, before damaging a window and door on their property.

The teenager also circled the family?s house on a bike, stared at the family and ?then approached with weapons? in behaviour that was designed to intimidate a witness.

But despite the seriousness of the offences the teenager avoided detention and was instead made the subject of a youth rehabilitation order.

Magistrates imposed a two-month curfew on the boy, under which he cannot leave his home between 9pm and 7am.

In addition to the curfew, the teenager will also be required to attend six sessions of electro-acupuncture ? a form of therapy where an acupuncture needle delivers a painless small electrical charge.

Although more commonly used for pain management, the treatment is thought by some scientists to be effective in relaxing the patient by reducing levels of a protein linked to chronic stress.

Research carried out on rats has shown that acupuncture can relieve the response to acute stress, resulting in constriction of blood flow to all parts of the body except to the heart, lungs and brain (the organs most needed to react to danger).

The unusual measures are part of a multi-million pound nationwide scheme designed to give young offenders ?self-esteem and confidence?.

As part of the project, thousands of children aged between ten and 19 have been treated with massages, acupuncture and healing techniques to reduce crime and drug abuse.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: "Electro-acupuncture is a non intrusive service often available to young people to help manage stress and/or anger issues.

"The service is usually delivered by our accredited substance misuse workers and it is commonly identified as a requirement as part of a Youth Rehabilitation Order issued through the courts.

"Before it is used, the simple procedure is clearly explained to young people and their families and it has a high success rate along with other aspects of the Youth Offending Team service delivery."

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A TEENAGE thug who subjected a Litherland family to a series of assaults and intimidation

Wouldn't have happened to me, that little punk would **** his pants if he tried anything like that. But that punishment sounds more like a spa day than punishment..

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I read this as electrolobotomy at first, and thought, "gee, Britain is getting a bit harsh with their punishments..." :laugh:

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"The unusual measures are part of a multi-million pound nationwide scheme designed to give young offenders ?self-esteem and confidence?."

The UK is completely broken. The hug-a-thug thing has gone WAY too far.

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electrodes on his testicles. :p

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"The unusual measures are part of a multi-million pound nationwide scheme designed to give young offenders ?self-esteem and confidence?."

The UK is completely broken. The hug-a-thug thing has gone WAY too far.

What would you suggest?

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What would you suggest?

Shoot-a-thug would be a more permanent solution.

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There are better solutions than killing people because they do things we dislike.

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Shoot-a-thug would be a more permanent solution.

Something half-feasible and grounded in reality, please...

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The UK is completely broken. The hug-a-thug thing has gone WAY too far.

The justice system needs to be evidence based and if these methods can reduce reoffending rates and protect the victims of crime without the need for incarceration?which is incredibly costly and does little to address the core problem?then they should be pursued. It's all very well sitting on the sidelines, demanding tough prison sentences but often they are not in the best interests of society. For instance, people jailed for less than 12 months reoffend at a higher rate than those given Suspended Sentence Orders (SSOs) and Community Orders (COs) - being 'tough on crime' is therefore often counter-productive.

It's better than the Judge Dredd-style policing that takes place in the US, with people shot dead in the streets if they dare resist arrest?or even if they don't?and given ridiculous sentences for minor drug offences. The US has demonstrated that tough sentences don't work - even with the death penalty the US still has more murders than any EU country (with the exception of Estonia and Lithuania) and most Asian countries, in most cases around 300-400% higher. It has the highest incarceration rate in the world yet still has the 18th highest robbery rate by country. Being tough on crime appeals to conservatives who like to define everything in simplistic, binary terms?good or evil; right or wrong?and demand retribution, particularly the Biblical style an-eye-for-an-eye justice. Those who are less emotional and more objective favour an evidence based approach, as imperfect as it may be.

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Something half-feasible and grounded in reality, please...

so by your question, Hug a thug is the only solution. :rolleyes:

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What would you suggest?

There are better solutions than killing people because they do things we dislike.

Something half-feasible and grounded in reality, please...

Prison with hard labour.

Make it hard for them, don't give them everything they want/need. To get a TV etc they should behave and get on with the punishment.

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Those who are less emotional and more objective favour an evidence based approach, as imperfect as it may be.

I keep telling people I'm in the wrong country!

But I guess they need a few sane people here.

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so by your question, Hug a thug is the only solution. :rolleyes:

And where did I say that?

What he suggested would be illegal.

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LSD and hypnosis might be a good solution for criminals.

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"The unusual measures are part of a multi-million pound nationwide scheme designed to give young offenders ?self-esteem and confidence?."

The UK is completely broken. The hug-a-thug thing has gone WAY too far.

It's like in my old secondary school, the disruptive/badly behaved/d*ck pupils were rewarded and given treats, whilst those who behaved were given nothing.

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I'd say 6 months of hard labour should do it, the West in general coddles criminals too much, there's no need for long sentences for most crimes, quarter the time and make them WORK HARD is a much better way to rehabilitate most, those the commit serious crimes and repeat offenders can do long sentences, they've already proven they refuse to act like a normal human being

Yes, labour, in the British style :)

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As we have seen, punishment doesn't really work. We need to focus more on rehabilitation. A lot of these people have issues and they need help working through them.

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As we have seen, punishment doesn't really work. We need to focus more on rehabilitation. A lot of these people have issues and they need help working through them.

Yeah but this? I'm for rehabilitation but this isn't it. This is basically acupuncture. Intimidating and roughing up his neighbors deserves more than just eletroacupuncture..

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It's like in my old secondary school, the disruptive/badly behaved/d*ck pupils were rewarded and given treats, whilst those who behaved were given nothing.

WTF?

Can you elaborate as that is insane?

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WTF?

Can you elaborate as that is insane?

http://www.motiv8south.org.uk/ - This is how they were rewarded, fishing, sleepovers and fast food etc was meant to reduce their behavioral issues. They had lessons and even whole days out of school. This didn't change anything, in fact they were worse. It wasn't the teachers choice, it was a government/council scheme to allow schools to have this. Some of the people who did this have now become criminals, see - http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/teens-to-face-trial-for-putting-gosport-man-in-coma-1-4646956 England has to change, people who misbehave like this need a good kick up the arse, then they should be rewarded for doing well.

 

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It's the EU and their "human rights" ###### that causes the issues. Send the misbehaving little gits to a boot camp for a year's hard labour and that used to straighten most of them out. Now... oh no we can't make people do hard labour, it violates their human rights!

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What would you suggest?

 

Put them into cryostasis, you don't kill them and yet they can't harm others :D

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Put them into cryostasis, you don't kill them and yet they can't harm others :D

 

You mean a coma?

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