Justice Minister Thomas Bodström

Jobs Not Fines For Young Offenders

Sweden’s Justice Minister Thomas Bodström is aiming at a radical overall of the young offenders system.

Instead of fining the offenders, the minister wants them put to work. In a draft proposal seen by the newspaper Svemska Dagbladet, Bodström believes fines fail to have the rehabilitative effect which the government desires and says that fines might indeed have the reverse effect whereby higher fines lead to debt.

The justice minister wants young offenders to undergo unpaid community service. Currently, teenagers may only be sentenced to community service if they also receive care from the social services.

”The penalties under this system are not designed for young people. They were written for adults and intended to be imposed upon adults. Prison and fines are poor sanctions for young people,” Bodström said.

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