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Recidivism Among Young Males Sentenced to Prison and Youth Custody
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, Vol. 11, no 2, 151-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 1999, Sweden introduced a new Act focused on young persons aged 15–17 who commit serious offences. The object of the Act was to replace prison sentences with a new sanction in the form of youth custody, which would involve a placement in a special approved home. This study constitutes a follow up comparison of criminal recidivism among young males sentenced to prison prior to the introduction of the Youth Custody Act (1991-1998) and young males sentenced to youth custody following the introduction of the Act (1999-2003). The study shows that the sanction has not only been used as a replacement for prison sentences, but has also led to an expansion in custodial sentencing in the form of  ”net-widening”. There has also been a substantial increase in the length of custodial sentences awarded in connection with the new sanction. A comparison with the youth sanction in Denmark raise questions about the consequences of having expanded the group of youths sentenced to a custodial sanction in Sweden, and of the increased length of the custodial sentences to which this group is subjected.

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London: Routledge , 2010. Vol. 11, no 2, 151-169 p.
Keyword [en]
Prison, Recidivism, Youth crime, Youth custody, Youth institutions
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Law and Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-47160OAI: diva2:373456
Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2010-11-30 Last updated: 2011-01-26Bibliographically approved

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