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Research for Change: Young People, Youth Crime and the Use of Custody on Teesside


Munroe, Keith;

Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Subject Keywords: youth; punishment; custody; crime;

This Action Research study was established in 1997 by the Society because of our concerns
about the sharp increase in the use of custody for chi ldren and young people aged under 18 in
England and Wales since 1992. Teesside was selected as the site for the enquiry because the
local Courts have an established pattern of using high levels of custody for juveniles. The
research also took place during a period when the Youth Justice Process in England and
Wales was being reformed and reorganised via the Crime and Disorder Act (1998). MUltiple
methods and sources were used to gather data and produce information. The sources
included the views and experiences of serious and/or persistent young offenders and key
decision-makers such as Magistrates and Judges. This action research study was designed as
an intervention which would challenge and influence decisions within the local Youth Justice
System. The project is in the process of developing realistic and viable alternatives to
custody for local Courts through Restorative JusticelVictim-Offender Mediation. The
evidence of need for this type of intervention was established within the study.



Suggested citation:

Munroe, Keith; . () Research for Change: Young People, Youth Crime and the Use of Custody on Teesside [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st February 2018].


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