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Juvenile Crime in Greece
Greece is located in Southern Europe bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. It is between the two countries of Albania and Turkey. The capital of Greece is Athens. Greece got its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. It joined the European Community in 1981, which later became the European Union in 1992. The population of Greece is 10,665,989 (est. July 2003). The age structure is that between the ages of 0 and 14 there are 14.7 % (male- 811,080: female- 761,728) and between the ages of 15 through 64 there are 67% (male – 3,578,320: female – 3,557,800). The government type in Greece is parliamentary republic. The legal system in Greece is based on systematized Roman law and the judiciary branch is divided into the criminal, civil and administrative courts. It is a gateway to Europe for traffickers smuggling cannabis and heroin from Middle East and Southwest Asia to the West.
In the juvenile court system in Greece there is no independent Juvenile Court Act. The terminology for juvenile offense is integrated with the General Penal Code, which is the legal procedure in the code of Criminal Procedure and the legal regulation of the imprisonment in the Laws of the prison administration. Juvenile offenders are considered to be kids between the ages of 13 and 18.When it comes to punishment for kids, their past "education" as in institutions or youth detention centers plays a main factor in their sentencing. Juveniles will only be put into prison when precedent actions were not able to deter the child from committing the crime again.
Juveniles are not given their exact sentence at the court judgement. Instead they are only given their minimum and maximum amount of time they will stay in jail as the conviction or the sentence. The time they actually spend in prison depends on the individual. The amount of time that can be spent in jail can be…

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