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Punish teen criminals with curfews: Reinfeldt

Night and weekend curfews ought to be one of the punishments facing criminal offenders between 15- and 17-years-old, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt suggested on Tuesday.

Punish teen criminals with curfews: Reinfeldt

He added that the teens sentenced to curfew should also be fitted with ankle bracelets to have their movements tracked.

According to Reinfeldt, the measures could be combined with or replace less forceful penalties such as youth community service, fines, or suspended sentences.

The prime minister also wants to implement a rule requiring social services to contact parents within 24 hours of the arrest of someone under the age of 15.

The measure would be primarily directed toward first-time offenders who are too young to have their offences handled in the criminal justice system and instead have their cases handled by social services.

“That way we can show quite quickly that there is a reaction and that criminality has consequences,” Reinfeldt told reporters at the Riksdag.

Reinfeldt also suggested recently that Sweden should consider scrapping reductions in criminal sentences for offenders aged 18 to 21.

All of the proposals to address youth criminality are to be discussed at the Moderate Party’s party conference later this year.

Social Democrat justice policy spokesman Morgan Johansson labelled the proposals desperate and unrealistic, arguing they would add more work to already overburden social services offices.

“It’s unrealistic to believe that a few nights at home will get teenagers to stop robbing other teens in the city. If such behaviour is to be stopped, there needs to be more preventative work taking place seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Johansson said in a statement.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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