Youth crime and justice in Scotland

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Abstract / Description of output

“Society is, we believe, seriously concerned to secure a more effective and discriminatory machinery for interventions for the avoidance and reduction of juvenile delinquency.” (Kilbrandon, 1964) This quotation from the report of the Kilbrandon committee which set up the existing system of juvenile justice in Scotland gives a flavour of the Scottish civic culture which has shaped Scotland’s unique institutions and processes for dealing with young offenders (McAra 2008). It highlights a sense of common-ownership of the problems posed by young offenders and a commitment to the development of effective practice. It also reflects a recurrent preoccupation of policy elites that extant structures of juvenile justice are inadequate to the task of reducing offending amongst children and young people and require to be reformed. This chapter on youth crime and justice overviews the historical development of Scottish juvenile justice and describes the operation of the current system. It also presents empirical data relating to the nature and pattern of youth crime in Scotland, including data from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (the Edinburgh Study) and assesses the effectiveness of the system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCriminal Justice in Scotland
EditorsHazel Croall, Gerry Mooney, Mary Munro
PublisherWillan Publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781843927853
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • juvenile justice
  • welfare
  • Edinburgh study
  • detartanization
  • youth offending


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