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Israel’s New Code on Juvenile Delinquency to Have Liberal Provisions

A new juvenile delinquency code, described as “a new deal” for youngsters who have transgressed, is being drafted by the Israel Ministry of Social Welfare, it was disclosed today.

The aim of the code is to permit youthful offenders to start a new life with a clean bill of health. It provides that if a youth under 21 commits no further offenses for a period of three years after his conviction, he will be able to obtain a certificate attesting that he has no convictions on his record.

The code will also do away with fixed sentences for crimes by youths. A special board in each case will determine the time the offender is to spend in special correctional institutions, basing its decision on the delinquent’s behavior and the psychiatric reports.