JUVENILE CRIME TRENDS IN SERBIA AND PENAL POLICY – IS THERE A RELATION?

  • Natalija Lukić Assistant Professor
Keywords: crime rate, juvenile offenders, penal policy, legal solutions

Abstract

The paper analyzes the relationship between juvenile crime and the penal policy of courts in Serbia. The author denotes the increase in the crime rate, which is especially evident in crimes against life and limb. The crime rate was calculated in relation to the total population, but also in relation to the age group that corresponds to the age category of juvenile offenders. The second method of calculation demonstrates even more noticeable increase in juvenile crime. At the same time, it can be stated that the penal policy of the courts is increasingly lenient and that the courts very rarely opt for institutional educational measures or juvenile imprisonment. Having in mind that the penal policy is influenced by legal solutions, the author also took into account the changes in juvenile criminal legislation.

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Published
2020-11-27
Section
Social, Economic and Political Flows of Crime