skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 148681 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Justice: The Western Australian Experience (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 85-95, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ- 148673)
Author(s): H Jackson
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Australia
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper reviews the background for "tough" legislation that targets juvenile offenders in Western Australia and assesses its appropriateness and effectiveness.
Abstract: The public consciousness of Western Australians is that juveniles commit vast amounts of crime. This is accompanied by the public impression that an under-resourced police force is fighting valiantly to do the right thing but is constantly being undermined by "welfare wimps," social workers, and a lenient children's court. Rates of burglary and car theft in Western Australia have been high by national standards. Police car chases and the few escapes from the high-security juvenile detention centers have received a great deal of publicity. By January 29, 1992, a first copy of two draft bills had been prepared to toughen the response to juvenile offenders. The legislation was passed on February 7 to commence on March 9. The legislation is too long and complex to be explained in this paper, but it generally increases the harshness of sentences for juvenile offenders. Although criticized by a number of Federal officials, the legislation has been perceived by the public as "tough" and effective. The official claims of effectiveness, however, are not based in accurate assessments of factors that have influenced crime trends. 16 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems; Foreign laws; Juvenile codes; Motor Vehicle Theft
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=148681

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.