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Young People's Offending Careers and Criminal Justice Contact: A Case for Social Justice

Corr, Mary-Louise

Authors

Mary-Louise Corr



Abstract

This article draws on an analysis of young people’s offending careers. The research was initiated against a backdrop of changing discourse around youth justice in Ireland with a shift towards prevention of offending and diversion from the criminal justice system. Locating crime and criminal justice contact within a biographical context indicated that participants’ offending, and lives generally, was bound up in marginalized transitions to adulthood, and embedded within social and economic environments characterized by high deprivation. The findings support a further shift in focus towards addressing social injustice as a necessary prerequisite to tackle the origins of youth offending.

Citation

Corr, M. (2014). Young People's Offending Careers and Criminal Justice Contact: A Case for Social Justice. Youth Justice, 14(3), 255-268. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225414549695

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 25, 2014
Publication Date Dec 1, 2014
Deposit Date Oct 7, 2014
Journal Youth Justice
Print ISSN 1473-2254
Electronic ISSN 1747-6283
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 255-268
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225414549695
Keywords Ireland; offending careers; social justice; youth offending;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/7240
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1473225414549695



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