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NCJ Number: 157273 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Justice Policy in Northern Ireland: The Current Agenda
Journal: Lay Panel Magazine  Volume:34  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:28-35
Author(s): M Power
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 8
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Juvenile justice policy in Northern Ireland is discussed with respect to recent trends in crime and justice in Northern Ireland, the review of criminal justice policy conducted by the Northern Ireland Office in 1992 and 1993, and the policy changes the Office plans to introduce following the review.
Abstract: Despite the events of the past 25 years, Northern Ireland remains one of the most crime-free jurisdictions in the developed world. Over the past 10 years, a decreasing proportion of juvenile offenders have been taken to court or sentenced to custody. The recent policy review concluded that criminal justice policy should rest on five principles: protection, personal responsibility, proportionality of responses, fairness, and responsiveness. The most significant juvenile justice decision resulting from this review is that Northern Ireland should have a statutory sentencing framework. This framework should embody the principles that sentencing focus on offense seriousness while considering prior history and other factors, sentences be more severe for violent crimes and sex offenses, courts provide reasons for custodial and certain community sentences, courts consider using presentencing reports for custodial or certain community sentences, and psychological reports be provided before custodial sentencing of mentally ill offenders. Figures
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Northern Ireland
Note: Paper presented to International Conference, Growing Through Conflict: The Impact of 25 Years of Violence on Young People Growing Up in Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, April 3-7, 1995
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