Reforms to help deter juvenile crime

11 سبتمبر, 2014 09:12 م

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 11: Director of Juvenile Care Department Dr Abdullatif Al- Sannan is optimistic the recently amended law of juveniles will give way to new ideas for protecting juveniles, and care for them, reports Al-Anba daily. He said the new law has humanitarian dimensions in protecting the segment.

He cited the article that stipulates 3 years imprisonment term as punishment against the juvenile culprit, stressing the step rather may cause harm to the juvenile, while reducing the legal age of juvenile from 18 years to 16 years will yield a proper mechanism for dealing with the group more effectively, noting the maximum penalty will be raised from 10 years imprisonment to 15 years to serve as a deterrent measure.

He added the juvenile will be confined to the concerned institution as per amended laws until he reaches 21 years old. He also said the new law necessitates that Interior Ministry will put special guardianship in all juveniles care homes, obliging the Juvenile Court to employ two experts for juvenile cases. He hopes the latest modifications will be more deterrent.


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