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New ways of dealing with juvenile delinquency.A new Recommendation from the Council of Europe

Peter H. van der Laan
IJJO. First International Conference on Juvenile Justice. Salamanca 2004.


Communication submitted in the First International Conference of Juvenile Justice "Juvenile Justice and the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency in a Globalized World". Salamanca 2004.

On 24 September 2003 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on new ways of dealing with juvenile delinquency (Recommendation Rec(2003)20). This recommendation succeeds an earlier recommendation from 1987 (Recommendation No. R (87) 20).The reason for producing a new recommendation was twofold. First of all there were concerns about levels of juvenile crime and the increased use of violence in particular. This may require new answers and new policies. Secondly, the Council of Europe has grown rapidly over the last decade. The Council of Europe now counts 45 member states. The new member states all come from Central and Eastern Europe. They are confronted with similar problems as Western European countries, but also have to deal with specific problems related to their own domestic situation. It was believed not only that Recommendation No. R (87) 20 in some respects was a little out of date, but also that it would not cover sufficiently the needs and specific situations and problems of the new member states.


European Union

Year Language

2004 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Communication


Delinquency, Detention, Justice, Juvenile, Systems


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