"the American justice system worked for a long period to avoid the longest prison sentences, but the trend has now reversed," says Henrik Tham, professor emeritus in criminology at Stockholm university."
" It is all about american self-perception. You talk a lot about Swedish values. For me it is a Swedish score that one does not judge an 18-year-old to life in prison. There are people who are so young that they are not even allowed to go on sale and buy alcohol because they are considered too immature for it, " he says."
"Lifetime for young people must be considered as inhumane, think of Henry Tham. He also points out that there is good support in the research for the to long prison terms increase the risk to relapse into crime."
"Camila Salazar works at the Store with issues related to crime. She sees a danger in the proposals that have been put forward."
"I think you want to do this for you think that these young people are exploited by criminal gangs, but the risk is that you can just press it down here in ages so that it becomes even younger people are being exploited," she says."
"instead of punishing young criminals harder think Camila Salazar to the society must strengthen their efforts when they leave prison."
"– the Damage will be greater for young people who are sitting inside when they are in their formative years. What happens is that they are consolidating a criminal identity. We know that many young people fall back into criminality and this becomes a way to punish them because we have failed in the system, " she says."