Dutch MPs get tough on petty youth crime

25th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

Parliament members want children who get into trouble with the police three times to be automatically referred to the Public Prosecutor’s office.

25 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Members of parliament want children automatically referred to the Public Prosecutor's office if they get into trouble with the police three times. The child could then be placed under the supervision of a guardian.

Youngsters can be picked up by the police countless times for minor misdemeanours. They are then returned to their homes without the situation there coming under any kind of scrutiny.

The public prosecutor already has the power to place children under supervision, but this rarely happens in practice.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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