Alternative sanctions for juveniles in the Netherlands
- Laan, P.H. van der
- Place of publication:
- The Hague
- Year of publication:
- Dutch Penal Law and Policy Notes 08
- Ov 5292
In the Netherlands alternative sanctions for juveniles have become very popular. In less than ten years, the alternative sanction has surpassed the fine as the most frequently imposed penal sanction for juveniles. As a result of this popularity, some net widening has occured. In general, alternativly sanctioned juveniles show a re-offending behaviour only slightly better, though they definitely re-offend less frequently, less fast, and the offenses they commit seem to be of less gravity. From these outcomes, there is no reason to be reluctant where it comes to imposing alternative sanctions.