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Political, structural, and cultural influences on England’s youth offending team practices.

Stahlkopf, Christina
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) International Criminal Justice Review. 18(4): 455-472.

Using varied qualitative methodologies, this research examines England’s youth offending teams (YOTs) as an organization to better understand the realities of the translation of restorative justice from policy to practice. Specifically, this research examines the political, structural, and cultural influences on one YOT as an organization, on its practitioners, and on the production of restorative practice. Examining the referral order, which comprises one quarter of all youth justice court disposals, a discernable impact in practice was observed in all cases throughout this research. The analysis from the present study shows that the triad of politics, structure, and culture has combined in a way that has strained the ability of the YOT organization to succeed and created a lethal atmosphere for restorative practices. (Author’s abstract).


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