After a surge in crime by criminal gangs consisting of immigrants, the Swedish government is preparing to toughen penalties for criminals.
Justice Minister Morgan Johansson said this, Reuters reported.
“We are preparing such severe punishments for criminal gangs that Sweden has never known before,” Johansson said.
The decision to step up the measures came as crime has been on the rise across the country, and especially in the city of Malmo, for more than a year, and daytime shootings, often with victims, have become commonplace.
In the future, among other things, there will be criminal penalties for juveniles, including the sale of illegal drugs. “Sentences will be 30 to 40 percent stiffer than today,” the minister said.
However, there is one problem in the government’s plans: the prison capacity is not enough to implement the plan, the state must invest about 60 million Swedish kronor in the construction of new ones.
Thus, the expected changes in the legal system will come into force not earlier than in two years.