It is hard to tell where Danish Juvenile Criminal Policy will go in the future. Empirical evidence shows decreasing juvenile crime and decreasing crime in general. Strong political voices are talking about “consequentialism” meaning a more punitive approach to the so-called hard core juvenile offenders. Based on a long tradition there is a very close correspondence between social welfare means and criminal justice means regarding juvenile offenders and for the most part what the leading politicians claim is already being practiced in the overlap between justice and welfare. Therefore two important questions must be answered in the near future: Will Denmark take the lead in Scandinavia and lower the age of criminal responsibility and in addition establish a specific juvenile justice system? If this will be the case how much will it change in practical juvenile justice?
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LEGISLATION AND WHITE PAPERS
2014 report from the Prison and Probation Service
Betenkning 1508/2009: Justitsministeriet. Indsatsen mod Ungdomskriminalitet. (White paper on Juvenile Crime)
Betenkning 1545/2014: Straffelovradets bet®nkning om samfundstjeneste mv. (White paper on community service)
Code of Execution of Penalties, LBK 1242, 2015 Criminal Law, LBK 873, 2015
The Administration of Justice Act, LBK 1255, 2015 (LBK = Consolidated Act)
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Anette Storgaard has a licentiate degree in Law and works as an Associate Professor in criminal law and criminology at the Department of Law, University of Aarhus, Denmark. Her main research fields and publications are about Juvenile Justice, prisons, release from prison and alternatives to imprisonment as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution with a specific focus on Restorative Justice and drug addiction and crime has been included.