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Thus punished, the one who is under the age of 18 years
the Closed youth care instead of prison

A person who is 15-17 years old and commits a serious crime is sentenced usually to closed youth care instead of prison. You can be sentenced to closed youth care in which a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of four years. There is no parole when serving two-thirds of the punishment, as for adults. Thus, one can say that four years of closed youth care equivalent to a prison sentence of six years.

the Penalty imposed on the special departments in specific detention centers that the State institutionsstyrelse (SiS) driver. During the time of the ungdomshemmet get the young care and treatment. Many also receive care and support after they served their sentence.

youth service and youth care

the youth service is a sanction that means that you carry out unpaid work in the 20-150 hours, for example, an association or non-profit organization.

You can also be sentenced to youth care if you have a special need for care or other action. This can be done either with the support of the social security act or according to the LVU, the law with special provisions on the care of the young. The sentence can be strengthened by combining the youth with the fines or the youth services.

If the offender neglects its obligations, the court can decide a new penalty.

Why the treatment of young?

According to the criminal code to those who commit crimes before the age of 21 years to be treated when the right to choose what penalty shall be up to date. Particularly evident becomes the difference of treatment for those who are underage.

the Reason for this is, inter alia, to take account of young people's ansvarsförmåga is undeveloped. Young people have more difficult to empathise with the suffering of others, have worse self-control and the ability to control aggressive impulses, and can not stand up to peer pressure in the same way as adults. Young is also considered the danger, the more bad of this type of punishment.

In the Swedish law has a so-called ungdomsreduktion been applied in various ways for several hundred years. Also the other nordic countries mitigates the penalties for young people.

What happens if you are younger than 15 years?

People suspected of a crime and are younger than 15 years are not straffmyndiga in Sweden.

If a child under 15 years of age suspected of a crime with imprisonment in the punishment scale shall be an inquiry under the act with special provisions on young offenders (LULEÅ) can be launched, and social agencies are plugged in.

Children can not be sentenced to the ordinary penalties, but surrendered instead to the social services.

the question of Guilt, however, can be admissible in court at a so-called bevistalan, if the social welfare committee, the Welfare or the child's custodian so requests. At bevistalan takes the district court to decide if the child has committed the offence or not, but judge not, therefore, out of any sanction.

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