Radikale: Send criminals to school, not jail

August 16th, 2012

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Proposal to allow first-time offenders to swap jail cell for classroom is shot down by Socialdemokraterne and criticised by victim support group

Government coalition party Radikale (R) would like to see young criminals in school rather than in jail.

The party has proposed allowing first-time violent criminals under the age of 30 to exchange their jail sentence for up to six months of education. The party stressed that the offer would not be available for those who commit severely violent crime but would apply to those who have committed less violent acts, including fist fights.

The proposal received the support of coalition partner Socialistisk Folkeparti (SF) and support party Enhedslisten but was rejected both by coalition party Socialdemokraterne (S) and the chairman of Hjælp Voldsofre, an association that supports victims of violent crimes.

“Once again we seem to be taking the offender into consideration; the victims clearly don’t get as much attention in the debate,” Henning Wollsen said, according to Jyllands-Posten. “It is a sympathetic proposal, but the problem is that those who commit these kinds of crimes already don’t get much other than a wagging finger.”


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