From October 1, Norway will make it easier to sentence people convicted of less serious offenses to compulsory mental health care.
“We must protect the local community against dangerous people who will not be going to prison,” Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland (H) noted in a press release.
“We must catch those who fall between the boundaries, and make sure that people who pose a danger to themselves are not allowed to go free,” she added.
The amendment will apply to less serious offenses, such as violent crimes of a less serious nature.
The changes were made after the Norwegian parliament (Storting) changed the rules on insanity in June of last year.
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