This was the debate at the Spring Conference this year at which I spoke. The debate was about the age at which children recognise the difference between right and wrong. As a child I see children at the age of 11 and upwards who would definitely recognise that what they are doing is wrong and the consequences of it.
I introduce http://prisonerben.blogspot.com/ who killed someone at the age of 14, more than 30 years ago, and is still in prison. Do read his blog as he reveals the inside life and thoughts of a prisoner. Ben is the only prisoner who blogs in the UK. He comes across as being intelligent, ambitious and compassionate. His life could have been used more constructively if he had been allowed back into society much earlier. He is a living example of how some children may lose out from being imprisoned for too long. But Ben has shown remorse for what he did. What about children who don't care who they have hurt? The problem of child criminals is growing. I see it all the time.
This Easter please think about people like Ben and the big problem to society of crime and punishment. Just like Christmas isn't only about opening presents, Easter isn't just about chocolate eggs.