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Reconfigured ‘justice’: reconstructed childhood

Goldson, Barry
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) The Howard League Magazine 19 (November): 5.

In this essay, Barry Goldson maintains that the government in England has, since 1997, radically transformed the youth justice system. From his perspective, he finds the developments deeply problematic with respect to children’s welfare and rights. He argues this position by identifying major changes in the organization and focus of the juvenile justice system. These changes, he believes, shift the priorities of the system from children’s care, welfare, and rights to control, regulation, and surveillance. This reconfigured justice has, as he puts it, led to a reconstructed legal personality of the child – a reconstruction that raises serious concerns about juvenile justice policies and practices in England.


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