Implementing reform in youth justice
(Willan Publishing, 2003)
This book provides an empirically grounded and theoretically informed account of changes to the youth justice system in England and Wales, focusing on the attempted introduction of elements of restorative justice into the heart of the criminal justice system through the implementation of referral orders and youth offender panels.
These changes form part of the most radical overhaul of the youth justice system in the last half century, aiming to shift the underlying values of the system away from an 'exclusionary punitive justice' towards a more 'inclusionary restorative justice'.
Youth Offending and Restorative Justice explores the implications of these changes through a detailed study of the implementation of referral orders and youth offender panels to explore wider issues about youth justice policy and the challenges involved in attempting to integrate restorative justice principles within the adversarial justice system. It draws upon the findings of an in-depth study of the pilots established prior to the national roll-out of referral orders during 2002.
Youth Offending and Restorative Justice is essential reading for those with an interest in the task of implementing reforms in youth justice and in the potential of restorative justice, its impact and implications. The evaluation of these far-reaching reforms to the youth justice system - widely seen as a blueprint for changes to the criminal justice system as a whole - is indispensable reading for a variety of practitioners, policy-makers and academics. This book will also be of considerable interest to students of criminology, policy studies, social policy and socio-legal studies.