Youth Crime in Hong Kong

Francis Wing-lin Lee

in Nurturing Pillars of Society

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028801
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207226 | DOI:
Youth Crime in Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong, many ordinances provide behavioral guidelines, particularly through defining the status of people. Those convicted of an offence aged 10 to 15 are referred to as “juvenile offenders” while those aged 16 to 20 are called “young offenders.” Usually, though, young offenders are perceived as juvenile offenders, and vice versa. The process of becoming a juvenile or young offender includes the committing of the allegedly illegal act, reporting the act, arresting the suspect, the denial or confession of guilt, the examination of evidence, and court proceedings. These activities are, however, influenced by community reactions, policing styles, the counting rulers, evidence collection, and the suspects' attitudes. This chapter looks into various aspects of juvenile crimes, its causes, and associated theories.

Keywords: behavioral guidelines; juvenile offenders; young offenders; community reactions; policing styles; counting rulers; evidence collection; attitudes

Chapter.  6255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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