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Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective$
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Franklin E. Zimring, Maximo Langer, and David S. Tanenhaus

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479826537

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479826537.001.0001

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Juvenile Justice and Crime Policy in Europe

Juvenile Justice and Crime Policy in Europe

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Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective

Frieder Dünkel

NYU Press

This chapter evaluates youth justice policies and practice in Europe from a comparative perspective. It focuses on tendencies in youth justice legislation and on the sentencing practice of prosecutors and judges in youth courts. It also considers the traditional “welfare” and “justice” models of youth justice and how they have become intertwined in modern European practice. It questions the claim that a “new punitiveness” is the prevailing strategy, and draws attention to the practice of many youth justice systems, which seem to be fairly resistant to neoliberal policies. The chapter concludes that youth justice policy, as reflected in legislation and practice in the majority of European countries, has successfully resisted a punitive turn.

Keywords:   Europe, youth justice policy, sentencing, youth courts, youth justice systems, juvenile justice

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