"Channel their abilities"???
What ability? The ability to download a file off the internet coz they're "leet" and want to be part of "an awesome hacking gang", and press "Launch" ?
The National Crime Agency has arrested six users of a Lizard Squad DDoS attack tool, which had been used against a national newspaper, a school, gaming companies, and a number of online retailers. Those arrested are suspected of maliciously deploying Lizard Stresser, which allows users to pay to take websites offline for up to …
"One of our key priorities is to engage with those on the fringes of cyber criminality, to help them understand the consequences of cyber crime"
They understand the consequences perfectly well you bell-end, otherwise they wouldn't do it. The problem isn't understanding, the problem is they're teenagers and probably borderline sociopaths or autistics.
Yeah, because prison rape of some young man, perhaps of school age, is an entirely appropriate response. Have you seen this article, it probably chimes with your idea of justice....