Oct 21, 2021

Youthful offenders Bill to be taken up in Parliament today

The Youthful Offenders (Training Schools) (Amendment) Bill, which aims at establishing provisions to repeal the death sentence given to minors and replacing it with custodial sentences will be presented in Parliament today (21).
The Bill aims to amend the age limit of persons that can be rehabilitated to 22.
The current age limit is below 18. The Bill also amends for the purpose of being gender neutral. Apart from the Youthful Offenders Bill, Penal Code (Amendment) Bill and a Regulation made by the Minister of Justice under Section 840 of the Civil Procedure Code (Chapter 101) read with Section 214 of the said Code and published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2234/67 dated 2 July 2021 are being scheduled to be passed in Parliament post-debate.
(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by ceylontoday.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)