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Youth Offending and Restorative Justice: implementing reform in youth justice

Adam Crawford, Tim Newburn
Willan Publishing (March 2003)

This work provides an empirically grounded, theoretically informed account of recent changes to the youth justice system in England and Wales, focusing on the introduction of elements of restorative justice into the heart of the criminal justice system, and the implementation of referral orders and youth offender panels. 

Taken together, this amounts to the most radical overhaul of the youth justice system in the last half century, fundamentally changing the underlying values of the system away from an exclusionary punitive justice and towards an inclusionary restorative justice. The book explores the implications of these changes by using the lens of a detailed study of the implementation of referral orders and youth offender panels to explore wider issues about youth justice policy and the integration of restorative justice principles. It draws upon the findings of an in-depth study of the pilots established prior to the national roll-out of referral orders in April 2002. 

This book is aimed at not only those involved in the task of implementing the new youth justice, but also others with an interest in the criminal justice system and in restorative justice who need to know about the far reaching reforms to the youth justice system and their impact.

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