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'Give young criminals ankle monitors': minister

'Give young criminals ankle monitors': minister

Published: 06 Mar 2011 10:19 GMT+01:00
Updated: 06 Mar 2011 10:19 GMT+01:00

Young people who have been convicted of serious crimes in Sweden often revert to criminal behaviour when they are released back into society.

In order to cut down on recidivism among young people, the government proposes that 15- to 17-year-old who have been sentenced to time in closed institutional youth care facilities (sluten ungdomsvård) should be required to wear ankle monitors, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

"I want to see a better transition process for young people, Ask told the newspaper.

"They should be able to participate in work experience programmes, education, athletics, or whatever it can be. But at the same time it should happen in a safe way and with a certain amount of control."

Ask called the ankle monitors "quite good", as they allow young people to avoid having round-the-clock monitoring by a caregiver.

However, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has advised against the proposal. In a comment on the proposed legislation, the agency argues that personal contact is a more effective way to help young offenders reintegrate into society.

In addition, ankle monitors also increase the risk that the person wearing them is identified as a criminal among other young people.

The proposed changes are part of a set of larger government inquiry looking into criminal penalties for young people. According to the government's plan, the National Board of Institutional Care (Statens institutionsstyrelse – SiS) would work together with the health and welfare board to develop individual transition plans for young offenders to help them reenter society.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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11:25 March 6, 2011 by johnny1939
Try it to see if it helps. The situation is bad as it is.but of course his friends will probably look upon the bracelet as a "badge of courage"!!! I would not be surprised if such a bracelet becomes fashionable and copies will soon be selling in the stores.
12:32 March 6, 2011 by Frobobbles
The one that needs a monitor is Beatrice 'big pink envelopes for suspects' Ask.
14:19 March 6, 2011 by Swedesmith
I agree with Johnny, it would just become a status symbol. Instead use a neck collar similar to one that dog trainers use. Distribute remote controls to the law abiding citizens so we can zap the thugs when they try to commit a crime. Bzzzzzzzzt!
15:23 March 6, 2011 by Rick Methven
you could fit sex offenders with collars to, not around their neck or ankle though
15:54 March 6, 2011 by Nemesis
Good idea.

Tag all the criminals in Sweden. That way they can be brought under control.
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