The National Assembly approved a draft law on Wednesday setting the parameters for adopting a new Juvenile Law.
An account by the parliamentary legislative and legal committee condoned the draft of the new law, noting its tilt toward rehabilitating juvenile delinquents rather than applying the full weight of criminal law on them.
Generally speaking, Juvenile law is law pertaining to those who are deemed to be below the age of majority.
The age varies by country and culture. Usually minors are treated differently under the law.
Having that in mind, the new draft law stipulates that a juvenile is one who is below the age of 16. Currently, the old law sets it at 18.
The draft law further stipulates that a juvenile care center be established to rehabilitate delinquents and prepare them reintegrate into society as responsible citizens.
Follow-up bureaus should be also established to track the conduct of graduates of the juvenile care center.
In the discussion that followed voting on the draft law, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah said that the majority of delinquents in juvenile detention in Kuwait range in age between 16 and 17. Most of them are charged in drug cases or accused of harboring extremist anti-social thought and conduct, he said.
The next date for the reconvening of the National Assembly will be Dee. 1st.