Iran judiciary proposes legislation lessening penalties for juvenile offenders Kayleigh Shebs at 1:38 PM ET
[JURIST] The Judiciary of Iran [official website, in Persian] announced Tuesday that it has submitted proposed legislation to the Iranian Parliament [official website] recommending substantial changes to the treatment of juvenile offenders in Iran [JURIST news archive]. The legislation seeks to amend [IranVNC report] the classification of minors into three age groups - 7-12, 12-15, and 15-18 - to allow for more appropriate sentencing of offenders. The judiciary further recommends that the death penalty [JURIST news archive] be used only if it can be demonstrated that the offenders possessed the maturity to understand the implication of their crimes. The new age classifications also seek to limit [AFP report] time spent in jail. A juvenile under 15 who commits a crime may receive little or no time in a juvenile prison for a crime that, when committed by an adult, would result in substantial jail time.
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