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The sentencing and treatment of juvenile sex offenders in Australia


Blackley, R and Bartels, L, The sentencing and treatment of juvenile sex offenders in Australia, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, (555) pp. 1-15. ISSN 1836-2206 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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This paper examines sentencing and treatment practices for juvenile sex offenders in Australia and the challenges of reconciling the imperatives of rehabilitation, accountability and community protection. It begins with an overview of juvenile offenders and the juvenile justice system, including the principles for sentencing young offenders. It then considers the complex lives and offending patterns of juvenile sex offenders, before providing examples of judicial reasoning in sentencing. It concludes by examining best practice in treatment for sexually abusive behaviours and innovative justice responses to juvenile sex offending, such as therapeutic treatment orders and restorative justice conferencing.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:juvenile sex offenders, sex, sentencing, treatment, restorative conferencing
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Criminal law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Bartels, L (Ms Lorana Bartels)
ID Code:150471
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-06-16
Last Modified:2022-08-30

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