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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Goldson on Youth Justice Reform

Barry Goldson (University of Liverpool - Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology) has posted an abstract of Excavating Youth Justice Reform: Historical Mapping and Speculative Prospects (The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, Vol. 59, Issue 3, pp. 317-334, 2020) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This article analytically excavates youth justice reform (in England and Wales) by situating it in historical context, critically reviewing the competing rationales that underpin it and exploring the overarching social, economic, and political conditions within which it is framed. It advances an argument that the foundations of a recognisably modern youth justice system had been laid by the opening decade of the 20th Century and that youth justice reform in the post‐Second World War period has broadly been structured over four key phases. The core contention is that historical mapping facilitates an understanding of the unreconciled rationales and incoherent nature of youth justice reform to date, while also providing a speculative sense of future prospects.

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