The Scottish juvenile justice system: Policy and practice

Lesley McAra*, Susan McVie

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A principal aim of comparative criminal justice research is to explore the relationship between the characteristics of dierent criminal justice systems and the specic cultural contexts within which they are located (see Nelken 1994, 1997). e Scottish system of juvenile justice provides a useful point of comparison with other Western juvenile justice systems primarily because the distinctive nature of Scottish civic and political culture has enabled the system to resist the trends evident in many other Western systems toward populist punitiveness (see McAra 2008).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJuvenile Justice
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives, Models and Trends
EditorsJohn A. Winterdyk
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781466579682
ISBN (Print)9781466579675, 9780367669768
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2014


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