Number, seriousness of juvenile crimes increase

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The number of criminal offences committed by juvenile or teenage suspects in the Cayman Islands doubled in 2011 and some of the more serious violent crimes blamed on those young offenders increased sharply.  

The records of juvenile offences are contained in the government Compendium of Statistics.  

According to the records for 2011, just released by government this week, there were a total of 307 offences committed by individuals between the ages of 11 and 18. In 2010, that number was 150 offences.  

The vast number of suspects, based on court records submitted to the government’s Economics and Statistics Office, were males. Out of the 77 people convicted, 62 were young men – 81 per cent of those convicted.  

Sixty-two convicted male offenders was also a much higher figure seen than in any of the past five years. In 2008, there were 29 male juvenile offenders convicted of various crimes; in 2010, that figure rose to 41.  

The number of female juvenile or teenage criminal offenders stayed about the same between 2007 and 2011.  

Offences committed by juvenile offenders in certain categories were far greater in number than what had been seen previously in Cayman.  

Alcohol and drug related offences went from 33 in 2010 to 67 in 2011; doubling in one year. Firearms and offensive weapons charges went from five in 2010 to 13 in 2011.  

Burglary and theft related allegations against juvenile suspects went from 24 reports in 2010 to 61 in 2011. Traffic offences by younger drivers nearly tripled, doing from 28 in 2010 to 76 in 2011.  


Prison population  

Cayman’s adult prison population stood at 207 people according to daily averages in 2011.  

It was the highest daily average for the country in at least five years, although not a great deal more than was seen during those years.  

The maximum stated capacity at Northward men’s prison is 165 people.  

At the end of 2011, the prison population was made up of 208 people; 161 Caymanians (77 per cent) and 47 non-Caymanians (23 per cent).  

The average age of adult male prisoners was 35. The average age of female adult prisoners was 43 
during 2011. 

HM Prison Northward classroom

A inmate rehabilitation class in session at Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward in Grand Cayman. – Photo: File


  1. My suggesting is they need a Recreation Center for the youth as Crime unemployment is on the rise and will only increase if our youth are not given an opportunity to rise and better themselves. The link below can give you some idea of what I mean.

    The Empowered Youth of Columbus (EYC) was created in 2008 to reduce youth crime and incarceration through a partnership with Continuing Education at Columbus State University and the City of Columbus Crime Prevention Board. The Mayor’s Commission on Crime Prevention Final Report on July 28, 2008 cites education as an important crime deterrent in youth, preventing involvement in gangs, violent crime, and incarceration. This is why education became one of the primary areas of emphasis on which to develop programming for the EYC. Since the majority of youth crime takes place between 4pm and 6pm, the group focuses on providingafter school programming options for at-risk youth. In order to acquire necessary seed money and fund the program, Susan Wirt, Executive Director of Continuing Education at Columbus State University, wrote and was rewarded agrant from the Crime Prevention Board . Since September of 2010, the EYC has grown from serving 40 to 250 at-risk youth in the Columbus area.One of the primary programming goals of the EYC is the facilitation of the Muscogee county school curriculum through an arts lens, focusing on creative writing, visual, and performing arts. The EYC currently provides services for the Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley, the Muscogee County School District, Parks and Recreation, New Horizons Drug Rehabilitation Center/Muscogee Drug Court, and the Muscogee Youth Development Campus/Department of Juvenile Justice. The EYC seeks to educate youth on making successful life choices, providing employment readiness programs and information on healthy living.

  2. I worked with young offenders in the UK for 7 years as the Victim Liaison Officer, Restorative Justice is the answer and the best time to intervene with a young person is when they are first showing signs of going off the rails, not when they have been arrested and then have a criminal record, that is to late, get them early, put them through a RJ program, Victim awareness etc.. Believe me it works. Caught earlier enough our success rate for young people to stay out of trouble once we had intervened at that early stage was over 86%, it works!!! Working with the families is also essential, I also agree with Cayman Express’s comments. (Where I worked was a small community about the same size as Cayman). There has to be a close bond and regular meetings between representatives from the schools, the local police officer, Victim Support, Social/Family Workers, Church officials – these meetings identified any young person who was seen as potentially going down the wrong path and a plan of intervention was then planned by all involved and action was taken, you have to help these young people, not end up with their lives ruined before they have begun.

  3. What do you expect from the youth, when being a bad boy is cool. The education system has failed to the point they can’t even pass a basic Ritz-Carlton aptitude test. They don’t want to work in service anyway because mom and friends think its servitude. No dad to guide them either. It goes on and on.

    There are a ton of non-government jobs available to those that can read, write and speak English and show up to work on a regular basis without the street attitude.

    You make it so easy for expats to fill the unskilled labor jobs and yet you complain and want the entitlement.

    Sorry, yo momma didn’t raise you right…………. if she did, you would be learning and growing every day. Instead you are heading straight to Northward with your cool buds and nothing but a burden to society.

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