Comparative Youth Justice is the first book to critically reflect on contemporary juvenile justice reform in England and Wales and across various other western jurisdictions including the US, Canada, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Scotland, Japan, Italy and Finland. In doing so, it identifies major international differences in juvenile policy and practice. However, Contemporary Youth Justice is not simply an attempt to document national similarities and differences, but looks critically at how global trends are translated at the local level. This book also examines how youth justice is implemented in practice with a view to promoting change as well as reflection.

Editors' Introduction

Editors' introduction

This book is a companion volume to Youth Crime and Justice: Critical Issues, edited by Barry Goldson and John Muncie and published simultaneously by SAGE. Together they are designed to encourage critical reflection on contemporary juvenile justice reform not only in England and Wales but across various western jurisdictions.

This volume, Comparative Youth Justice: Critical Issues, identifies major international shifts in juvenile justice policy and practice. There is a widespread assumption that the penal population of children and young people is growing worldwide amidst a burgeoning USA inspired ‘culture of control’. Through various measures of ‘adulteration’, young people are also now assumed to be more likely to find a decline in their special status as in need of care and protection and more ...

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