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Punishing Juveniles

Principle and Critique

Editor(s): Ido Weijers, R A Duff
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Published: 06-09-2002
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 224
ISBN: 9781841132846
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Punishing Juveniles

The first special juvenile court was created in 1899. Since then,juvenile justice has had a chequered history, and is now more controversial than ever. Should our treatment of young offenders differ in its aims or principles from that of adult offenders? What role should ideas of punishment or retribution play? Should our aims be rehabilitative and educative rather than punitive? Should we divert young offenders from the criminal justice system altogether, opting for 'restorative' rather than 'retributive' justice?

These questions are addressed in this inter-disciplinary volume, which brings together criminologists, educationalists, psychologists and philosophers. Part I traces the history of juvenile justice, identifying patterns, and signs of what the future might hold. Part II tackles fundamental normative issues of punishment, moral education and restoration, with particular emphasis on the role of communication. Part III attends to the role that such emotions as shame and guilt should play in juvenile justice, paying particular, and critical, attention to Braithwaite's conception of reintegrative shaming.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction: Themes in Juvenile Justice
Ido Weijers & Antony Duff


2. The Juvenile Justice System: Past and Present Trends in Western Society
Josine Junger-Tas

3. Recent Changes in Youth Justice Policy in England and Wales
Loraine Gelsthorpe

4. Rehabilitation in America: the Philosophy and Methods, from Past to Present
Carter Hay & Mark Stafford


5. Not Punishing Children, but Committing them to Restore
Lode Walgrave

6. Punishing the Young
Antony Duff

7. The Moral Dialogue: a Pedagogical Perspective on Juvenile Justice
Ido Weijers


8. Shame, Guilt and Remorse: Experiences from Family Group Conferences in New Zealand
Allison Morris

9. Guilt, Shame and Shaming
Gabriele Taylor

10. Shame, Guilt, Antisocial Behaviour and Juvenile Justice: A Psychological Perspective
Tjeert Olthof


“This book brings together criminologists, educationalists, psychologists and philosophers to address important questions on juvenile justice.” –  Gerry Johnstone, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

“…the essays in this edited collection present a well-written and critical examination of current issues in juvenile justice policy and practice, while highlighting the possible benefits of further research in an inter-disciplinary and comparative context, to develop future juvenile justice systems.” –  Jane Jones, Crime Prevention and Community Safety

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