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Handling of 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028801.003.0011
Handling of Youth Crime in Hong Kong

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Justice systems vary across different societies and they depend on accepted paradigms and theories regarding the causes of youth crime. While the accepted paradigm is used as a lens for viewing a problem and as a framework for formulating a possible solution, conventional youth crime paradigms and the corresponding punishments are perceived to be one-dimensional since focus is given only to rehabilitative or retributive offenders. The rehabilitative paradigm adopts a deterministic view in providing treatment for individual offenders through analyzing the needs and problems of the offender. In contrast, the retributive paradigm condemns offenders. This perceives the crime as the individual's personal choice, intervention is intended to cause fear to deter deviance. This chapter looks into ways of dealing with youth crime in Hong Kong through looking at juvenile justice models.

Keywords: justice systems; juvenile justice models; rehabilitative paradigm; retributive paradigm; intervention

Chapter.  4919 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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