skip navigation


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: 182511 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Juvenile Justice Reforms in India
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:44  Issue:3  Dated:June 2000  Pages:312-325
Author(s): Sesha Kethineni; Tricia Klosky
Date Published: June 2000
Page Count: 14
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines changes in India’s juvenile justice system after passage of the Juvenile Justice Act of 1986 and the changes’ impact on juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The analysis focused on how changes in the juvenile justice system affected the types of cases brought before the juvenile courts and the types of dispositions imposed on delinquent children. The data came from court records in the southern State of Tamil Nadu, India, from January 1983 to November 1997. Results of the analysis revealed that the Juvenile Justice Act has produced few noteworthy changes in the 10 years since it was passed. Many States still lack separate juvenile courts. In addition, a single magistrate rather than a collegiate bench adjudicates juvenile cases in many instances. Findings of this study and prior studies suggested that the Juvenile Justice Act did not bring about the intended reforms. Future research should examine how other States are implementing the Juvenile Justice Act and what reforms have occurred in those States. Tables and 19 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): India; Juvenile codes; Juvenile justice policies; Juvenile justice reform
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*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.