Source: (2003) law Talk 599. Pp.15-16

James Johnston asks whether youth justice is working in New Zealand because the media would have the public believe that youth offending – and youth violence in particular – is out of control. To answer the question Johnston begins by describing the youth justice system, with special attention to the features that distinguish it from the adult criminal justice system. This leads to his assertion that, despite anecdotal evidence and certain trends, the youth justice system can work well for a significant number of young people. Where it does need improvement is in relation to over-representation of Maori youth in the juvenile justice system.