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dc.contributor.authorBouhours, Brigitteen_US
dc.contributor.authorDaly, Kathleenen_US
dc.contributor.editorJonathan Simon and Malcolm M Feeleyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T11:13:15Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T11:13:15Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.modified2008-09-25T01:12:53Z
dc.identifier.issn14624745en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1462474507080473en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/18961
dc.description.abstractSexual offending by young people is increasingly viewed as a social problem that requires a strong response, but there is little research on the legal treatment of youthful sex offenders. On the one hand, these youths may be viewed as potential future sex offenders; on the other hand, because of their youth and immaturity they may be considered more reformable than adults and their behaviour more excusable. This article builds on an archival study of 385 sexual offence cases, which were disposed in court and by conference and formal caution, in South Australia from 1995 to 2001. Drawing on the transcripts of 55 cases sentenced by judges (i.e. the most legally serious offences), we analyse sentencing discourses and outcomes using both the explicit and latent content of the sentencing remarks. Specifically, we explore the judges' orientations and aims when sentencing adolescent sex offenders, how judges reconcile the seriousness of offending and the youthfulness of offenders and how they balance the competing interests of victims and offenders. Two major findings emerge. First, the cases fell in a three-way typology patterned by the victims' age, the context of the offence and the offender's criminal history. Second, our study suggests that while youth court judges consider sexual offending against children as very serious and are concerned by future offending, they do not adopt a punitive approach, but rather a therapeutic and rehabilitative perspective at sentencing.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.publisher.placeLondonen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://pun.sagepub.com/en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom371en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto394en_US
dc.relation.ispartofedition2007en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue4en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPunishment and Societyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume9en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode390401en_US
dc.titleYouth sex offenders in court: an analysis of judicial sentencing remarksen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Criminology and Criminal Justiceen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2007 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2007
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