The number of young people who end up with a serious sentence at the Halt juvenile crime agency has doubled within six years, according to figures requested by NRC.
In 2014, 13 percent of all young people were still with Halt because of serious offenses, in 2019 that rose to a quarter. In 2019, until December 1, 3,718 young people ended up at Halt for serious crimes such as assault, threat and hacking.
Previously, young people who committed more serious offenses were punished by the Public Prosecution Service or the juvenile court judge. Nowadays, however, it is increasingly common for the police, Halt and child protection authorities to punish the crimes without prosecution by a judge. Persecution can sometimes take up to six months, working with Halt makes punishment quicker and minors don't get a criminal record.
According to Janet ten Hoope, director of Halt, the complexity of the criminal youth group is increasing. More often the youngsters come from problem families or have a slight intellectual disability, tell Ten Hoope to NRC.
The total number of cases at Halt fell from 16,703 cases in 2014 to 14,421 in 2018. A slight increase can be seen in 2019, with 14,633 cases until December.