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.

Rediscovering the Juvenile Justice Ideal in the United States

Rediscovering the juvenile justice ideal in the United States

An Idea That Changed the World

In the early 1990s I attended a conference in Bremen, Germany, that involved judges from around the world. I learned that the American juvenile court ideal was the dominant legal paradigm for handling wayward children in many nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Most of the speakers talked about efforts in their countries to achieve a justice system for young people that emphasized compassionate and enlightened care for vulnerable children. Privately, many of the conference participants wanted me to explain to them why it appeared that the United States was abandoning this ennobling ideal and jumping on the bandwagon of more ...

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