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NCJ Number: 150056 Find in a Library
Title: Sites of Trouble?: Demystifying Juvenile High Crime Areas
Journal: Youth Studies Australia  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(Winter 1994)  Pages:51-55
Author(s): R Hil; J Zuchowski; R Bone
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The Queensland (Australia) government recently provided a wide range of sentencing options for delinquents under the Juvenile Justice Act 1992 and a comprehensive primary crime prevention program, known as the Youth and Community Combined Action (YACCA) program.
Abstract: The YACCA program targets certain areas for intervention based on evidence of high juvenile crime rates, a high proportion of 10- to 16-year-olds, and a general lack of resources and services for young people in the locality. Participation of young people is achieved through community- based projects such as school clubs and voluntary youth organizations. The general aims of these programs are to provide disadvantaged juveniles with improved access to government services and housing, health, and labor market programs and to help adolescents gain life- and employment- related skills. These authors criticize the YACCA program for relying on often questionable assumptions to justify intervention in targeted areas. For example, the program focuses on individual rather than structural problems, and avoids giving entire communities the resources to control and manage their internal affairs. 19 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime prevention planning; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign laws; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
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