Hundreds escaping from Danish young offender institutions

Lucie Rychla
January 5th, 2016

This article is more than 7 years old.

One delinquent ran away 28 times in just one year

In 2014, the Danish police searched for a total of 990 juvenile criminals who escaped from young offender institutions, reports Metroxpress.

In 73 cases, the young escapees were subsequently charged with new crimes committed during their flight.

One delinquent managed to run away 28 times.

Tightening the screws
Dansk Folkeparti would punish the young offenders who repeatedly escape even harder and suggests longer detention periods.

According to Tina Maria Larsen, the head of a secure residential facility for youths in Brønderslev, tightening up punishments for the institutionalised youths would not help.

“Many of them have the intelligence of a three to six-year old and some of them cannot learn from a repeated experience like others do,” Larsen told Metroxpress.

“They need support and other types of help, not a tightening of the screws.”


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