Released young offenders to be tagged?
Justice Minister Beatrice Ask wants young offenders who have come to the end of their time in custody in closed institutional youth care centres to be forced to wear electronic tags on their release.
Three out of four young criminals re-offend after leaving the centres, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter, and the minister says tagging them will allow them to start life on the outside without having a chaperone the whole time, as is currently the case. However, the tag will mean that the authorities still can keep track of them as they participate in the various programmes to help them get back into society.
Dagens Nyheter reports that the government will present a law reform allowing the change later this week. The National Board of Health and Welfare has criticised the plans, saying it is better to have personal contact with a chaperone than relying on electronic surveillance.
Children between the ages of 15 and 17 who are convicted of committing serious crimes can be sentenced to time in the closed institutional youth care centres, which is the equivalent of prison for young people.