Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Increase in Youth Crimes after Rehabilitation Program

An analysis of seven Amsterdam rehabilitation programs for problematic youngsters shows an increased crime rate. Three quarters of those who had participated in the programs after committing a crime, were involved in more criminal activity than before. A quarter of the youngsters who took part in the programs because of minor transgressions or school truancy commit crimes for the first time after the re-education program. Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen commented that it is impossible to know what would have happened to these youngsters if they had not participated in the program.

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