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Net-widening and the diversion of young people from court: a longitudinal analysis with implications for restorative justice

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Prichard, J, Net-widening and the diversion of young people from court: a longitudinal analysis with implications for restorative justice, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 43, (1) pp. 112-129. ISSN 0004-8658 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1375/acri.43.1.112

Abstract

Internationally, many youth justice systems aim to divert young people from court through informal mechanisms, such as police cautions and restorative conferences. Among other things, diversion avoids the potentially criminogenic effects of formal contact with the criminal justice system. However, in some instances, the sum of court appearances and diversionary procedures indicates an overall increase in the numbers of young people having contact (formal or informal) with the criminal justice system - a phenomenon known as net-widening. This article summarises previous debates about the risks of net-widening. It then presents results from analysis of over 50,000 police records pertaining to young people's contact with the Tasmanian criminal justice system between 1991 and 2002. Across that decade, court appearances markedly reduced, while a corresponding increase in diversions was recorded. There was no evidence of net-widening. However, there was a significant increase in detention orders. Implications for policy and future research are considered.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:justice, youth sentencing, net-widening, restorative
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field: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
Author:Prichard, J (Dr Jeremy Prichard)
ID Code:65882
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2010-12-08
Last Modified:2014-12-18
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