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.
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.