Essay Against Joint Enterprise

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In modern society joint enterprise is a growing problem where teenagers are sentenced because they were present in the scene when the offender delivered the fatal blow. There have been debates for and against joint enterprise and whether the law should stay or be abolished this is because too many young people are being condemned for just witnessing attacks or observing illegal activities. In my opinion, the offender who commits the crime should only be held accountable and should be punished for it. This then brings up the question whether the joint enterprise should be obliterated or not?
One drawback of joint enterprise is that there has been a significant rise in the amount of young people being incarcerated for witnessing an attack. In the past 8 years, more than 1,800 people have been charged with homicide under the controversial, legal principle of joint enterprise. Between 2005 and 2013, the amount prosecuted for homicide was 1,853 in England and Wales which involved more than 4 people. One of the longest standing arguments of joint enterprise is that people are being convicted even though the police weren't clear who deliver the fatal blow, what right do the police have charging someone without any solid evidence?
In contrast, joint enterprise acts as a deterrent for young people as it emboldens youths
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In addition, a lot of people would argue that joint enterprise is a "lazy law" nevertheless some people think that it efficiently gets rid of those involved in crime, but can we really put someone in jail for life simply because they were at the wrong place at the wrong
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