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NCJ Number: 221796 Find in a Library
Title: Make Me a Criminal: Preventing Youth Crime
Author(s): Julia Margo
Corporate Author: Institute for Public Policy Research
United Kingdom
Date Published: February 2008
Page Count: 92
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Public Policy Research
London, WC2E 7RA, England
Sale Source: Institute for Public Policy Research
30-32 Southampton Street
London, WC2E 7RA,
United Kingdom
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Arguments are presented for a more therapeutic and family-based approach to youth offending in the United Kingdom, as opposed to the current, more punitive, system.
Abstract: The findings have clear implications for government policy: punitive measures are simply far less effective at preventing youth offending than are therapeutic and family-based initiatives. Reforms to extend the provision of structured activities and supervised public space for young people, and to tackle issues of poor youth socialization via family-based interventions, offer potentially fertile ground for changing the public discourse on youth crime in the United Kingdom. Recommendations presented are broad in range and scale. However, they aim to tackle the culture that permits or even encourages youth offending and interventions and target at-risk young people with the right interventions and programs. Recommendations are divided into primary and secondary forms of prevention. Primary preventions include: (1) tackling child poverty and in-work poverty; (2) better support for families (toward a worker/carer model); (3) protecting children (banning corporal punishment); (4) better provision of activities for 12 to 18 year olds; (5) supervised play areas; (6) supporting collective efficacy; and (7) welfare teams in primary schools. Secondary prevention recommendations include: (1) Sure Start Plus (a targeted approach for at-risk 5-12 year olds); (2) reform of Anti-Social Behavior Orders (ASBOs); and (3) outreach schools. Current public and political debate means that further change to criminal justice legislation will be difficult to undertake. However, in the long term, the aim must be to ground the response of what works, and a more welfare-orientated approach to youth offending. Figures, tables, appendix and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile offenders; Treatment; Treatment/Therapeutic Community; United Kingdom (UK)
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