Juvenile Justice: International Perspectives, Models and Trends

John A. Winterdyk

© 2014 - CRC Press
Published October 14, 2014
Textbook - 410 Pages - 49 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466579675 - CAT# K16859

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Features

    • Discusses various international standards and guidelines designed to inform juvenile justice practices
    • Includes country-based chapters covered independently by resident experts
    • Examines current legislation on juvenile justice in each country and how well it complies with UN standards
    • Reviews legal and social issues confronting juvenile offenders
    • Explores current theoretical biases used to explain and justify response to delinquency
    • Includes text boxes with examples, discussion questions, and helpful web links

    Summary

    Juvenile justice has been and remains a topical issue at national and international levels. There are various standards and guidelines for administration, but six major models characterize juvenile justice systems worldwide: participatory, welfare, corporatism, modified justice, justice, and crime control. Juvenile Justice: International Perspectives, Models, and Trends presents contributions by authors from different countries in all five continents employing these six models.

    The book begins with a comprehensive overview of the topic and the various international standards and guidelines designed to inform juvenile justice practices. This introduction is followed by chapters on individual countries covered independently by resident experts, allowing readers to appreciate a range of comparisons and to critically reflect on the relative merits of the different models. Topics presented in each chapter include:

    • The country’s history of juvenile justice
    • The nature and status of delinquency
    • Current legislation on juvenile justice
    • How well the legislation complies with the Standard Minimum Rules of the Administration of Juvenile Justice as defined by the United Nations
    • The type of juvenile justice model followed
    • Age limits for male and female juvenile offenders
    • Legal and social issues confronting juvenile offenders
    • Current theoretical biases used to explain and justify response to delinquency
    • Future issues, challenges, and/or initiatives

    Text boxes supply current and relevant examples to contextualize key issues and themes. Each chapter features discussion questions and helpful web links to facilitate further research. Presented in an unbiased manner, the book is a consolidated yet comprehensive overview of juvenile justice models and practices worldwide. It enables readers to compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of different juvenile justice models/systems and to evaluate all countries in light of the larger international phenomena of delinquency.

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