Blurred lines : reconsidering the concept of ‘diversion’ in youth justice systems in Australia

Richards, Kelly (2014) Blurred lines : reconsidering the concept of ‘diversion’ in youth justice systems in Australia. Youth Justice : An International Journal, 14(2), pp. 122-139.

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This article revisits ‘diversion’ in the context of youth justice in Australia. Although ‘diversion’ is omnipresent in youth justice, it is rarely subject to critical examination. This article raises four interrelated questions: what young people are to be ‘diverted’ from and to; whether young people are to be ‘diverted’ from the criminal justice system or from offending; whether young people are to be ‘diverted’ from criminal justice processes or outcomes; and whether ‘diversion’ should be considered distinct from crime prevention and early intervention. The article concludes that the confusion about youth ‘diversion’ may foster individualised interventions in young people’s lives.

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ID Code: 67411
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Youth justice, Diversion, Criminal justice processes, Crime prevention, Early intervention
DOI: 10.1177/1473225414526799
ISSN: 1747-6283
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2014 23:26
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2014 17:16

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