Events - 20.02.2017 - 00:00 

Juvenile delinquency – trends and new questions

After years of consistent increase, criminal offences committed by juveniles have been decreasing ever since 2010. The answer to the question as to how this trend can be explained will be given by Criminal Law Professor Martin Killias from 28 February onwards. The four-part lecture series will take place under the aegis of the public programme.
Source: HSG Newsroom

21 February 2017. In summer 2016, the Federal Statistical Office published the latest figures on juvenile delinquency. Since the juvenile sentence statistics were started in 1999, juvenile delinquency is as low as never before. At that time, Switzerland registered 7,200 juvenile sentences on account of infringement of the Criminal Code. In 2015, approx. 6,000 juvenile sentences were passed. Since the record high of 10,700 juvenile sentences in 2010, the figures have decreased year after year.

In his public lecture, Prof. Dr. Martin Killias, Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law and Criminology, will explain why juvenile delinquency is on the decrease. He will deal with the strong and weak points of Swiss juvenile criminal law, as well as with prevention work. In addition, Killias will point out where Switzerland stands in an international comparison. The impact that migration and the extremely high degree of drug consumption in Switzerland have on the statistics will be examined in this lecture, as will the nexus between drug intoxication and violence.

The lecture will take place in Room 01-014 of the University of St.Gallen on Tuesdays at 6.15 p.m. Dates: 28 February, 7 March, 14 March and 21 March 2017.

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