1st Edition

Juvenile Justice International Perspectives, Models and Trends

Edited By John A. Winterdyk Copyright 2015
    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    412 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Juvenile justice has been and remains a topical issue at national and international levels. There are various standards and guidelines for administration, but six major models characterize juvenile justice systems worldwide: participatory, welfare, corporatism, modified justice, justice, and crime control. Juvenile Justice: International Perspectives, Models, and Trends presents contributions by authors from different countries in all five continents employing these six models.

    The book begins with a comprehensive overview of the topic and the various international standards and guidelines designed to inform juvenile justice practices. This introduction is followed by chapters on individual countries covered independently by resident experts, allowing readers to appreciate a range of comparisons and to critically reflect on the relative merits of the different models. Topics presented in each chapter include:

    • The country’s history of juvenile justice

    • The nature and status of delinquency

    • Current legislation on juvenile justice

    • How well the legislation complies with the Standard Minimum Rules of the Administration of Juvenile Justice as defined by the United Nations

    • The type of juvenile justice model followed

    • Age limits for male and female juvenile offenders

    • Legal and social issues confronting juvenile offenders

    • Current theoretical biases used to explain and justify response to delinquency

    • Future issues, challenges, and/or initiatives

    Text boxes supply current and relevant examples to contextualize key issues and themes. Each chapter features discussion questions and helpful web links to facilitate further research. Presented in an unbiased manner, the book is a consolidated yet comprehensive overview of juvenile justice models and practices worldwide. It enables readers to compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of different juvenile justice models/systems and to evaluate all countries in light of the larger international phenomena of delinquency.

    Introduction: Juvenile Justice in the International Arena. Of Justice and Juveniles in Austria: Achievements and Challenges. Youth Justice and Youth Crime in Australia. Administration of Juvenile Justice in Brazil: Recent Advances and Remaining Challenges. Juvenile Justice and Young Offenders: A Canadian Overview. China’s Juvenile Justice: A System in Transition. The Iranian Juvenile Criminal Justice System: An Overview. Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Crime: An Overview of Japan. Child Justice in Namibia: Back to Square One? Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Crime in the Netherlands. The Scottish Juvenile Justice System: Policy and Practice. Juvenile Justice in Slovakia. South Africa’s New Child Justice System. Juvenile Justice: England and Wales. Juvenile Justice in the United States. Index.


    John Winterdyk has authored/edited over 25 textbooks, many of which have been international and/or comparative in nature. He has also published a wide range of articles in a number of international journals and been invited to guest edited several others on such topics as human trafficking and genocide. He is a member of a number of international associations and has held various visiting and adjunct positions internationally. In addition to juvenile justice, John’s current research interests include human trafficking, identity theft, crime prevention, and justice reform.