Restorative justice? A critical analysis

Cunneen, Chris, and Goldson, Barry (2015) Restorative justice? A critical analysis. In: Goldson, Barry, and Muncie, John, (eds.) Youth Crime and Justice. Sage, London, UK, pp. 137-156.

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[Extract] Attempts have long been made to introduce degrees of informalism into youth justice systems. Such initiatives were especially evident throughout the decades of the 1970s and 1980s. During this period, many youth justice researchers, policy analysts and practitioners - particularly across North America, Europe and Australia - advocated radical alternatives to, or departures from, formal justice. Diversion, decriminalisation, decarceration, deprofessionalisation, decentralisation, delegalisation and, ultimately, decarceration, formed the conceptual foundations for a movement towards less criminalising, more child-centred and more human-rights compliant responses to children in conflict with the law. Such movement was embedded, more generally, within a 'destructuring impulse' relating to 'all parts of the machine' which challenged orthodox 'justice' and the concomitant hegemony of state, bureaucratic and professional power (Cohen, 1985: 36).

Item ID: 37305
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4462-1083-3
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 06:48
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society @ 40%
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