Source: (2000) Singapore Academy of Law Journal. 12:345.

This article examines the reforms made in Singapore in the 1990s in response to the increase in juvenile delinquency and evaluates their effectiveness in reducing juvenile delinquency. It begins by exploring the juvenile justice reforms in Singapore, where a transition was made from a model of general deterrence to that of restorative justice. It argues that there is a need to move beyond reforms focusing mainly on the juvenile justice system, to a wider embracement of an approach that involves the prevention of juvenile delinquency at its roots. It traces the initial steps taken towards prevention in Singapore, and outlines the possible directions for a more comprehensive strategy of prevention. (author's abstract)