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NCJ Number: 166261 Find in a Library
Title: System Which Neglects the Child (From Children Who Kill, P 55-66, 1996, Paul Cavadino, ed. - See NCJ-166255)
Author(s): M Grewcock
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Waterside Press
Winchester, SO23 9NN, England
Sale Source: Waterside Press
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United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article describes how the British criminal justice system fails children accused of murder and other serious offenses.
Abstract: The British criminal justice system places a child as young as 10 in an adversarial framework designed for adults, and judges that child essentially by the same standards. During police investigation of an offense as serious as murder, child suspects can expect to be placed in a potentially hostile and bewildering environment, cut off from the outside world, with authority's central focus on the incidents leading to the death rather than background causes. Children charged with murder cannot have medical, behavioral, educational and social needs addressed until after the trial. Other shortcomings of the British criminal justice system with regard to the treatment of children are detailed under: Limits to Detention; Free Legal Advice and the Appropriate Adult; The Police Interview; The Decision to Charge and Bail; Remands Into Custody; The Decision to Prosecute; and The Role of the Media. Children who commit violent offenses have invariably also been the victims of violence and abuse. This does not minimize the impact of their offending but it is a strong argument for removing young people in trouble from the criminal justice system. Endnotes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile detention; Juvenile murderers; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile processing; Juveniles in adult facilities; Media coverage; United Kingdom (UK)
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