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The politicization of youth crime in Scotland and the rise of the 'Burberry Court'

Piacentini, Laura and Walters, Reece (2006). The politicization of youth crime in Scotland and the rise of the 'Burberry Court'. Youth Justice, 6(1) pp. 43–60.

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In 2003, the youth justice system in Scotland entered a new phase with the introduction of a pilot youth court. The processing of persistent 16 and 17 year old (and serious 15 year olds) represented a stark deviation from a ‘child centred’ and needs-oriented state apparatus for dealing with young offenders to one based on deeds and individual responsibility. This article, based on an evaluation funded by the Scottish Executive, is the first to provide a critical appraisal of this youth justice reform. It examines the views of the judiciary and young offenders and reveals that the pilot youth court in Scotland represents a punitive excursion that poses serious concerns for due process, human rights and net widening.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2006 The National Association for Youth Justice
ISSN: 1747-6283
Keywords: children’s hearing; fast-track; net widening; punitiveness; youth court pilot;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 12938
Depositing User: Reece Walters
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2009 06:49
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:17
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