Special courts to deter youth crime

The Christian Democrats want young people in Sweden accused of crimes such as shoplifting, graffiti, vandalism, and unlawful driving to have their punishments meted out quickly in a special youth court.

“We must have quicker processing times for cases involving young people; the time between the crime and the punishment is too long,” said Inger Davidson, vice-chair in the Riksdag’s committee on justice to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

“Those involved have nearly forgotten what has happened and commit new crimes.”

Through a youth court, teenagers who have stand accused with petty crimes could be “convicted continuously and receive their sentence”, according to the Christian Democrats in their report entitled “Stop youth crime in time”, to be released on Wednesday.

Around 27,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 20 were convicted of crimes last year.