Juvenile delinquency rates down three-fold in Russia since early 1990s

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MOSCOW. May 28 (Interfax) – Juvenile delinquency rates went down three-fold in Russia in the past 15 years, Russian First Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoi said on Thursday, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the juvenile delinquency service.

“Juvenile delinquency rates peaked in the early 1990s. The rates are down three-fold in the past 15 years,” he said.

“Allow me to congratulate you on the jubilee of your service. No matter how the structure of police units can change, our primary objectives are unaltered – prevention of juvenile delinquency, neglected children, and the gene pool of our country,” he said.

The Russian Interior Ministry employs over 14,000 officers in the juvenile delinquency service and another 2,000 in centers for the detention of minors.

“They are annually interacting with more than 315,000 minors and 210,000 problem parents and expose about 830,000 administrative offenses,” the Interior Ministry press service said.

At least 237 minors take the path of correction each day, the press service reported.