Accessible and compelling, this book explores the legislative developments, policy changes and practical strategies that have been put in place in recent years in an attempt to manage the level of crime in our society. The book assesses how governments’ approaches to serious crime, the war on terror, human rights and race and immigration policies have influenced ideas about community safety and crime prevention. It offers a handy glossary, along with suggestions for further reading, in order to enhance understanding of critical issues.
Chatper 5: The Focus on Children and Youth
New Labour developed both a welfare and a justice agenda for young people. Labour began its first term of office in 1997 with a pledge to halve child poverty in ten years and to eradicate it in twenty but at the same time it promised to deal with persistent young offenders through a new process of fast-track punishment and to cut by half the time between arrest and sentencing (Home Office 1997c). As Muncie (1999) has outlined the political expedience of ‘dealing with’ young offenders as quickly as possible sat uncomfortably with the government's duty to protect the welfare of all young people. Where the young person was categorised as a young offender these ...