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Sentencing and treatment of juvenile sex offenders in Australia


Blackley, R and Bartels, LM, Sentencing and treatment of juvenile sex offenders in Australia, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, (555) pp. 1-15. ISSN 0817-8542 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Australian Institute of Criminology 2018.


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:restorative justice, multisystemic treatment, recidivism, therapy, court
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bartels, LM (Ms Lorana Bartels)
ID Code:152520
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2022-08-19
Last Modified:2022-11-22

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