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How Should We Respond to Youth Crime?

Hackler, Jim
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Canadian Journal of Law and Society. 20(1):193-208.

Responding to Youth Crime in Canada, by Anthony Doob and Carla
Cesaroni1 is a readable and useful addition to the literature on this topic. It is
an “in between” book – not designed for introductory students or for the
specialist, but well suited to the professional who needs a competent, but not
overly lengthy, review of key issues. For example, many new youth court
judges come to the bench with little experience in youth matters. Although
they have demonstrated their reliability and other admirable characteristics
in a variety of ways, they face a steep learning curve. I have yet to meet a
youth court judge who had taken a course in criminology or delinquency, but
they learn fast on the job. Soon they will be invited by the local service club
to speak on: “How do we respond to delinquency?” This book will help, just
as it will help any professional taking on responsibilities which require an
awareness of key issues in the youth justice system.(excerpt)


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