Young People’s Offending Careers and Criminal Justice Contact: A Case for Social Justice

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    Abstract

    This article draws on an analysis of young people’s offending careers. The research was initiated against a backdrop of changing discourse around youth justice in Ireland with a shift towards prevention of offending and diversion from the criminal justice system. Locating crime and criminal justice contact within a biographical context indicated that participants’ offending, and lives generally, was bound up in marginalized transitions to adulthood, and embedded within social and economic environments characterized by high deprivation. The findings support a further shift in focus towards addressing social injustice as a necessary prerequisite to tackle the origins of youth offending.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-268
    Number of pages14
    JournalYouth Justice: An International Journal
    Volume14
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

    Keywords

    • Offending Careers
    • Social Justice
    • Youth Offending
    • Youth Justice

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