As many as 7,367 people were sentenced in Moldova in 2008, which is with 2,397 people less against 2007, according to the National Statistics Bureau (BNS).
A BNS representative, Ala Negruta, said that compared with 2004, the application of criminal penalties on convicts decreased for all categories of penalties. Most of penalties were connected to robbery - 18.5 per cent, crimes related to drugs -17 per cent and burglary and plunder - 8.3 per cent, reported Moldpres.
Every sixth person out of the total number of convicts is aged between 14-17 years old. Most of minors were convicted for robbery - 42.7 per cent, burglary and plunder - 16 per cent, disorderly conduct - 8.3 per cent and 17 persons were sentenced for crimes related to drugs.
The BNS data show that in 2008, most of convicts were conditionally sentenced - about 29 per cent, followed by those who were fined - 25 per cent and the ones who were deprived of freedom - 24.3 per cent. Presently, in Moldova, 83 people serve a sentence for life and 889 were sentenced to over 15 years of imprisonment.
As regards minors, the most applied sentences were the conditioned sentence - 38, 9 per cent, the unpaid work in favour of the community - 24.3 per cent and deprivation of freedom - 22.5 per cent.