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Debating youth justice: From punishment to problem solving?

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Far too many children are being criminalised and there are is an urgent need for a new approach to children in trouble, according to a report published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at King’s College, London.

The report Debating youth justice: From punishment to problem solving provides a critical analysis of the youth justice system in England and Wales by experts from the UK and abroad.

The collection of essays notes that children are criminalised at the age of ten, much younger than in many other countries, including France, Germany, Canada and Russia and says that the age of criminal responsibility should be raised. It also says that far fewer children should be sent to prison and sets out alternative proposals. England and Wales currently has the one of the highest child imprisonment rates in Europe.

Debating youth justice: From punishment to problem solving includes contributions from Rob Allen, a former member of the Youth Justice Board, Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of the Children’s Society, Professor Phil Scraton of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Barry Goldson of Liverpool University, Professor John Muncie of the Open University, Ray Arthur of the University of Teeside and Rebecca Palmer of the Greater London Authority as well as international experts.

date of on-line publication : 22 May 2007

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