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CUSTODIAL RULES FOR JUVENILES (DETENTION, PRISON, MIXING JUVENILES WITH ADULTS)

Imprisonment is extremely rare for juveniles in Slovenia. Among juveniles, less than 2 % of offenders are sentenced to juvenile imprisonment—in recent years there has often been just one juvenile offender per year (See Table 19.7) and the total sum of imprisoned juveniles in the last 15 years is just 65, among whom just one was a girl (Prison administration data).

Notwithstanding common generalizations about communist regimes, Slovenia has had a tradition of a lenient penal system through a large part of its communist past (Petrovec and Mursic 2011; Petrovec and Plesnicar 2014). Specifically with regard to juveniles, a welfare approach was developed, emphasizing the (re)social- izing of youth with a rather nonexistent punitive dimension (Filipcic 2006; Filipcic and Prelic 2011). The approach has been to a large extent continued after the fall of the communist regime, which is in contrast to what has happened with the purposes and practice of sentencing adult offenders (Petrovec and Plesnicar 2014).

 
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