Juvenile Justice Issues (2): Community-based Treatments (CBTs) for Young Offenders

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:
Juvenile Justice Issues (2): Community-based Treatments (CBTs) for Young Offenders

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Imprisonment is the usual outcome when considering measures for correction and punishment for offenders. As this method is associated with a deterrence effect, it can promote the safety of the majority by isolating dangerous criminals. While incarceration is a custodial or non-community based treatment, community-based treatments may also be imposed in which offenders are able to receive supervision or participate in reparation activities while still living with their families and working or attending school. Such treatment is intended for more impulsive young offenders who are vulnerable to crime-committing situations. This chapter focuses on the issue of whether community-based treatments (CBTs)—Police Superintendent's Discretion Scheme (PSDS), Probation, and Community Service Orders(CSOs)—are indeed more humanitarian and effective.

Keywords: community-based treatments; Police Superintendent's Discretion Probation; probation; CSOs; incarceration; imprisonment; reparation activities

Chapter.  1524 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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