Module: Youth Justice

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On this Criminology degree module, we are looking at why some young people get into trouble with the law and what society does about it.

We also consider why these things change over time. For example, youth crime has been dropping for some years now and the government has decided to approach youth offending in a slightly different way.

Why might this be?

Some people argue that it is better to divert young people from the criminal justice system, which means giving them cautions or taking no action against them.

They think this because there is evidence that once a young person gets caught up in the system, it is more likely that they will commit more offences.

Others argue that this is too lenient and young people should ‘face up’ to their offences.

What do you think and why?