'A slap on the wrist'? The conservative agenda in Queensland, Australia

Hutchinson, Terry (2015) 'A slap on the wrist'? The conservative agenda in Queensland, Australia. Youth Justice, 15(2), pp. 134-147.

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Recent amendments to youth justice legislation in Queensland include opening Children’s Court proceedings, removing the Principle of Detention as a Last Resort, facilitating transfers of 17 year-old offenders to adult prisons, instigating new bail offences, and introducing mandatory boot camp orders. This article examines the context of these changes including the inadequacies of the public policy process, and the impassioned political rhetoric imbued with simplistic slogans. This is a case study of regressive youth justice policy and the article reflects on the many causes underlying the reactive winding back of reform.

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ID Code: 79464
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: evidence based policy, media,, tough on crime, youth justice in Queensland, indigenous disadvantage
DOI: 10.1177/1473225414557320
ISSN: 1747-6283
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Sage Publications Ltd.
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2014 05:32
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2015 12:37

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