Devils and Angels
Youth, Policy and Crime
By (author) Julia Fionda
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Devils and Angels by Julia Fionda
Book DescriptionYouth Justice is a key area of the current governments criminal justice policy in England and Wales. It has been the subject of an inordinate amount of recent legislation seeking to enhance the criminal courts powers to punish and prevent offending and re-offending by young people. This legislation attempts to prevent offending through criminal justice measures and there is little attempt to use non-criminal or civil law procedures to achieve the same result. This book seeks to challenge that focus and to question why delinquency in young people has been so firmly criminalized in this jurisdiction. The book addresses the consequences of criminalization in terms of the effectiveness of the measures used as well as the implications for the social construction of youth and childhood and our attitudes towards the young. Criminalization of young peoples behaviour results in them being labeled as criminal,losing identity as an individual, losing their childhood through the process of taking adult responsibility for their actions and, in policy terms, becoming viewed as a crime problem rather than as a product of failing social policy regarding employment, education and youth culture. At a society level it is contended that the identification of young people with criminal activity and the negative public image that results creates a culture of fear and distrust which may in turn create further possibilities for criminalization of their behaviour. A comparative perspective in this work examines welfare-based responses to youth crime in other European jurisdictions and questions whether the criminal justice process is an appropriate context in which to deal with young peoples problematic behaviour. This book has been shortlisted for the 2007 SLSA Book Prize.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841133744
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Julia Fionda
Legal Concepts of Childhood, Hardback (December 2001)
This book aims to assess how children are regarded by lawyers in disciplines which centrally involve them.
Public Prosecutors and Discretion, Hardback (July 1995)» View all books by Julia Fionda
Assesses the influence of the public prosecutor in Scotland, the Netherlands, England, Wales and Germany over the process of sentencing offenders in the criminal justice system. The text develops three models of justice seeking to analyze and explain the increased use of prosecutorial power.
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Author Biography - Julia Fionda
Julia Fionda is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice in the Law School at Southampton University.
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