Youth Justice Board Chairman Rod Morgan, all over the Indie and Observer.
Mr Morgan said the Youth Justice Board found there was no evidence that antisocial behaviour among young people was growing. He cautioned against increasingly draconian punishments that would lead to an increase in children in custody and create new "career criminals".
For the last thirty years Mr Morgan has been working as an academic, magistrate, and in the probation service. By strange chance his career also covers the period over which recorded crime has risen by around eight times.
He thinks Youth Offending Teams are 'successful'. He can write managerese with the best of them.
We should not, of course, judge by appearances :