Source: (2006) Dissertation submitted for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Griffith University.

This thesis builds on an archival study of 385 sexual offence cases, which were disposed of in court and by conference and formal caution, in South Australia from 1995 to 2001. Using the sentencing remarks in all those cases sentenced by judges, this study examines the specific processes and discourses that occur during the sentencing of youthful sex offenders. I specifically explore three questions. The first asks how cases of youthful sexual offending and the offenders are characterised? Second, what are the judges’ orientations and aims at sentencing? And third, what is the character of the judges’ moral and personal communication with the young persons? (author's abstract)