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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/302122
Title:
Child imprisonment: exploring injustice by geography
Authors:
Bateman, Tim
Abstract:
The risk that a child might be confined to the secure estate depends to a large extent on the post code of the court in which he or she is sentenced. At the level of individual youth offending team (YOT) area, the difference is 1 in 5 cases leading to a court disposal in Merthyr Tydfil to 1 in 150 in Dorset. This variation cannot be explained by local patterns of youth crime, but is indicative of a form of injustice. The article demonstrates that sentence decision-making at the local level is sensitive to a range of factors which distinguish the areas with a high use of detention from those which deprive few children of their liberty. These factors are: the extent of pre-court diversion; the distribution of sentencing options below the level of custody; and the manner in which youth justice practitioners respond to children who come to the attentions of YOTs. The article concludes that areas where the level of child imprisonment remains relatively low retain elements from an earlier era of youth justice committed to decriminalisation, diversion and decarceration. In contrast, localities with higher rates of incarceration show more features associated with the punitive turn of the early 1990s.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Bateman, T. (2011) 'Child imprisonment: exploring injustice by geography' in Prison Service journal 197, pp10-16
Publisher:
HM Prison Service
Journal:
Prison Service journal
Issue Date:
2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/302122
Additional Links:
http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/sites/crimeandjustice.org.uk/files/PSJ%20September%202011%20No.%20197.pdf
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0300-3558
Appears in Collections:
The Centre for Young People, Poverty and Social Disadvantage

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBateman, Timen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-23T12:56:14Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-23T12:56:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationBateman, T. (2011) 'Child imprisonment: exploring injustice by geography' in Prison Service journal 197, pp10-16en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0300-3558-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/302122-
dc.description.abstractThe risk that a child might be confined to the secure estate depends to a large extent on the post code of the court in which he or she is sentenced. At the level of individual youth offending team (YOT) area, the difference is 1 in 5 cases leading to a court disposal in Merthyr Tydfil to 1 in 150 in Dorset. This variation cannot be explained by local patterns of youth crime, but is indicative of a form of injustice. The article demonstrates that sentence decision-making at the local level is sensitive to a range of factors which distinguish the areas with a high use of detention from those which deprive few children of their liberty. These factors are: the extent of pre-court diversion; the distribution of sentencing options below the level of custody; and the manner in which youth justice practitioners respond to children who come to the attentions of YOTs. The article concludes that areas where the level of child imprisonment remains relatively low retain elements from an earlier era of youth justice committed to decriminalisation, diversion and decarceration. In contrast, localities with higher rates of incarceration show more features associated with the punitive turn of the early 1990s.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHM Prison Serviceen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/sites/crimeandjustice.org.uk/files/PSJ%20September%202011%20No.%20197.pdfen_GB
dc.subjectsentencesen_GB
dc.subjectyoung offender institutionsen_GB
dc.subjectyoung offendersen_GB
dc.subjectyouth courtsen_GB
dc.subjectyouth justiceen_GB
dc.subjectyouth offending teamsen_GB
dc.titleChild imprisonment: exploring injustice by geographyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen_GB
dc.identifier.journalPrison Service journalen_GB
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