Offending Youth: Sex, Crime and Justice
Publication Date :
27 Nov 2009
Rates of female delinquency, especially for violent crimes, are increasing in most common law countries. At the same time the growth in cyber-bullying, especially among girls, appears to be a related global phenomenon. While the gender gap in delinquency is narrowing in Australia, United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, boys continue to dominate the youth who commit crime and have a virtual monopoly over sexually violent crimes. Indigenous youth continue to be vastly over-represented in the juvenile justice system in every Australian jurisdiction. The Indigenisation of delinquency is a persistent problem in other countries such as Canada and New Zealand. Offending Youth explores these key contemporary patterns of delinquency, the response to these by the juvenile justice agencies and what can be done to address these problems. The book also analyses the major policy and legislative changes from the 19th to the 21st centuries, chiefly the shift from penal welfarism to diversion and restorative justice. Using original cases, it illustrates how penal welfarism criminalised young people from socially marginal backgrounds, especially Aboriginal children, children from single parent families, family-less children, state wards and young people living in poverty or in housing commission estates. Offending Youth is aimed at a broad readership including policy makers, juvenile justice professionals, youth workers, families, teachers, politicians as well as students and academics.