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Abolishing youth justice systems: children first, offenders nowhere

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posted on 16.11.2020, 09:09 by Stephen CaseStephen Case, Kevin Haines
The 1980s decade of diversion in UK youth justice consolidated critiques of iatrogenic systemic contact and generated an abolitionist momentum that was significantly reversed by the 1990s punitive turn and ‘new youth justice’ strategies of modernisation, expansionism, interventionism and risk management. However, the tentative rejection of risk management and the rebirth of diversion in contemporary youth justice offer new hope for abolitionist arguments. This article critically evaluates contemporary abolitionist arguments, asserting that Children First definitions and diversionary, Bureau model responses could coalesce to form an innovative paradigm to replace traditional, formal conceptions of youth justice ‘systems’.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Youth Justice

Volume

21

Issue

1

Pages

3-17

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Authors

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Acceptance date

02/12/2019

Publication date

2020-01-27

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1473-2254

eISSN

1747-6283

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Stephen Case. Deposit date: 13 November 2020

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