The Danish centre-right government has put its proposals for new anti-gang legislation out for hearings among interested parties – and responses from the courts, prosecutors and police have been harsh .
Among other proposals, the package suggests introducing politically determined minimum sentences and remand for petty crime.
The presidents of both the Eastern High Court and the Copenhagen District Court have directly warned against introducing minimum sentences, and the Court Administration says that the proposals will simply add further strain to an already strained court system.
The prosecutor-general says that the anti-gang proposals, if elevated to legislation, can result in verdicts ‘that are difficult to explain’. Public prosecutors, for their part, also question whether the package will make any difference at all on the streets.
Several public prosecutors and police forces also question the government’s idea of doubling sentences for crimes committed during the current gang warfare.