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Russia’s Supreme Court has recommended using imprisonment as punishment for juvenile delinquents only in exceptional cases
Russia’s Supreme Court has recommended using imprisonment as punishment for juvenile delinquents only in exceptional cases. It also called for easing punishment of those who give themselves up to the authorities of their own accord and cooperate with the investigation, Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev said on Friday. “On November 16 a draft resolution of the Supreme Court on selecting punishment for criminal offences will be considered,” Lebedev said. “In the draft resolution we shall advise the judges to select imprisonment for punishing persons under age only in exceptional cases, when no alternatives exist. The same recommendation will apply to women. All circumstances of the case and the offender’s character references must be studied most closely.” “We also draw the judges’ attention to the fact that the legislators and the Supreme Court encourage persons who have surrendered willingly and agreed to disclose information about the crimes committed,” Lebedev said. “In that case the punishment chosen should be no harsher than three fourths of the maximum one. We also recommend the judges to select a punishment milder than the one required under the law whenever possible.” Lebedev said cooperation with the investigators must be encouraged. “Those who cooperate, who provide information about accomplices and the embezzled material assets deserve milder sanctions,” Lebedev believes. “Surrender and cooperation with the investigation are very good incentives for offenders to repent and reform their character.”
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