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Multiculturele Misdaad en Nederlands Strafrecht

NCJ Number
Justitele vergkenningen Volume: 28 Issue: 5 Dated: 2002 Pages: 50-60
F. Bovenkerk
Date Published
11 pages
This paper argues that the Dutch criminal law system should take into account the increasingly multicultural characteristics of Dutch society.
Although the basic tenets and application of Dutch criminal law have reflected the relatively homogeneous culture of the Netherlands, over the past decades the country has become multicultural in social structure with the steady increase in immigrant populations. Crime rates and delinquency patterns have been found to vary by ethnic group (including the Dutch). This paper argues that for reasons of both instrumentality (effectiveness) and material equality, some degree of cultural diversity should be taken into account in the framing and enforcement of Dutch criminal law. The Dutch criminal justice system should include minority employees and take culture into account in its decision-making and administration. 19 references