Special Issue: Taking Stock of Youth Justice
These are interesting times for youth justice in England and Wales. The number of young offenders convicted by the courts has fallen dramatically over the last few years, as has the number of young offenders in custody, and yet political debate about how to respond to offending by young people continues apace. The current coalition government has given greater freedom of contact to youth offending teams and yet committed to building a large secure college for young offenders. It has abolished antisocial behaviour orders, but has replaced these with a range of alternative options in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. At the same time it can be argued a range of social and economic policies have impacted disproportionately on young people, increasing their risk of involvement in criminal activity.
The Labour opposition has announced that it plans to extend the remit of youth offending teams and the youth justice board to include 19 and 20 year old young people. The media seem little interested in the fall in youth crime but continue to sensationalise particular and uncommon serious crimes by young people, such as the tragic murder of school teacher Ann Maguire.
With an imminent general election now is a good time to reflect on the changes and proposals and take stock of where we are and the likely impact of these possible futures. The editors of the Journal invite submissions for a special issue which will reflect on recent developments and consider what is needed to improve the youth justice system, however this might be defined. Whilst focusing primarily on what is happening in England, we would welcome contributions which reflect on the situation in other countries in the UK and internationally, particularly identifying what we might learn from the experience of other countries.
The remit for this special issue is purposely broad to attract wide ranging contributions. We intend a speedy turnaround with an intention to publish in summer 2015. Articles and Thought Pieces are welcomed from academics, researchers, policy development advisers, managers and practitioners, working or involved in any aspect of the Community Justice field. They should be submitted to Jess Bamonte, the Journal Administrator via email on firstname.lastname@example.org by 11th May 2015 and will be subject to our normal journal review process. If you wish to discuss a potential piece prior to formal submission by all means contact Jean Hine (email@example.com).
Information for contributors can be found here.