Separate criminal code for Dutch youth'
‘Simply punishing juvenile delinquents will not achieve much. The educational element needs to be better safeguarded in juvenile criminal law.’
These are the recommendations made by the Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles RSJ in a letter to Dutch Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teeven. The council argues that a separate criminal code is needed for juvenile delinquents.
The RSJ says research shows that educational programmes rather than simple prison terms lead to fewer reoffenders. The council argues that many of the crimes committed by young people are age-related ‘blunders’ rather than portents of a criminal career.
In 2007, the police arrested about 95,400 suspects between the age of 12 and 24. This means four out of every ten people arrested are under 24. RSJ says these figures underscore the importance of adequate criminal code for young people.
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