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What's behind Germany's steep drop in juvenile crime?

By: Anne MAILLIET | Jessica SALTZ
1 min

One in five prison beds in Germany are empty. The figures from German juvenile offenders' institutions are even more striking: the rate of youth crime fell by half between 2007 and 2015. This phenomenon is only partly linked to the fact that the population is ageing. German criminologists believe a ban on corporal punishment has had a positive effect on the country's youth. Our correspondents report.

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A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Gaëlle Essoo.

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