....Associate Professor Yüksek Baykara Acar of Hacattepe University underlined that the Turkish juvenile system is based on punishment without considering the characteristics of the offenders. “Imprisoning a child might not be helpful in preventing it from committing future crimes because the child might not ask the question, Why am I here?” she said.

Acar added that restorative justice and probation should be put into practice in the juvenile justice system and that there are legal grounds for these kinds of implementations in Turkey but that they are still limited to a few facilities.

She added that the juvenile system should have a multifunctional basis and that preventing crime should be the priority. “If you design an interconnected system, then you can help the child before the crime is committed. Such a system needs well-organized schools, youth programs and education geared towards families,” she underlined.

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