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Practice cultures and the ‘new’ youth justice in (England and) Wales.

Field, Stewart
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) British Journal of Criminology. 47:311-330.

This paper considers the extent to which the Government’s declared intentions to unite youth justice
practice cultures around a common emphasis on preventing offending through early criminal justice
intervention have been realized in practice. Based on interviews with a range of practitioners in
Wales in 2003/04, it examines their priorities and underlying objectives. It outlines a complex
pattern of change in which concern for the welfare of young offenders has been not so much marginalized
as reconstituted in more conditional terms. The article questions whether this complexity
can be adequately captured by suggestions of a ‘punitive turn’ in youth justice. (author’s abstract)


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