In 2019 and 2020, the number of detentions of juveniles decreased compared to previous years. In 2020 we had to deal with the introduction of COVID-19 and as a result fewer young people were arrested, says Saskia Volkerts, acting head of the Judicial Child Protection Service (JKB) of the Ministry of Justice and Police.
“There were strict measures in connection with COVID-19. There was then a lockdown and the police were alert at those moments and the youth knew that too. Apparently they were less on the street, but that does not mean that these young people did not commit any criminal offenses, ”says Volkerts.
Another point is that the police were unable to arrest the young people. They are therefore not registered as having been arrested. In 2018 there was an increase in the number of detentions of young people, Volkerts explains.
Danielle Beeldsnijder, coordinator at the Opa Doeli Youth Ordinary Center, where the juveniles are received after committing a criminal offense, also reports that there were fewer young people on the street in the past year during the period of the strict corona measures.