As security manager for a branch of the pharmacy chain Boots in Dublin city centre, Donal Geoghegan found himself coming into contact with youths caught stealing from the store. They mostly ranged in age from 10 to 16, and often wound up in the youth courts.
‘‘I’d see the same offenders over and over, and I’d be in court four or five times a week for them,” says Geoghegan. ‘‘These courts aren’t a deterrent - you’d catch...
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