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  NCJ Number: NCJ 242445    
  Title: Nordic Youth Justice (From Crime and Justice in Scandinavia, P 199-264, 2011, Michael Tonry and Tapio Lappi-Seppala, eds. - See NCJ-242441)
  Author(s): Tapio Lappi-Seppala
  Date Published: 2011
  Page Count: 66
  Annotation: This essay examines the Nordic system of criminal justice for youth.
  Abstract: Nordic systems for dealing with young offenders constitute a "Nordic model of youth justice" and at the same time differ among themselves in important respects. Similarities include a common statutory presumption against confinement, a high age of criminal responsibility (15 except in Denmark), active collaboration between the justice and child welfare systems, and the absence of specialized juvenile courts. Differences include much higher levels of penal confinement in Denmark and Norway than in Finland and Sweden, and greater differentiation between justice system and child welfare approaches in Finland and Norway than in Denmark and Sweden. Even when institutional placements in both welfare and justice facilities are taken into account in comparative analyses, however, the Nordic countries rely much less heavily on confinement of young offenders than England and Wales. (Published Abstract)
  Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems
  Index Term(s): Incarceration and Imprisonment ; Comparative analysis ; Alternatives to institutionalization ; Juvenile justice policies ; England ; Sweden ; Denmark ; Finland ; Norway ; Wales
  Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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  Type: Legislation/Policy Description
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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