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Diversion: Reaction to crimes committed by young offenders in Norway

Sunde, Inger Marie
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Paper resented at the 2nd International Association of Prosecutors European Regional Conference, held at The Hague, 20-22 March.

In Norway, people over the age of fifteen can be charged and sentenced for crimes they commit. Efforts to combat youth crime consist of preventive measures and post-offense measures. In this paper, Inger Marie Sunde, a public prosecutor in Norway, discusses certain post-offense measures under Norwegian law that are designed to increase the sense of personal responsibility felt by a young offender for his or her actions. She focuses on measures to divert young offenders from the criminal courts. In particular she describes community mediation, a system where the offender and the victim, with the help of a mediator, seek an agreement on a proper reaction to the crime committed.


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