QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre criminologist Dr Kelly Richards has released a new book with Oxford University Press, with co-authors Professors Chris Cunneen (UNSW) and Rob White (UTas). The book, Juvenile Justice: Youth and Crime in Australia, Fifth edition explores young people and crime in Australia, and provides an overview of the institutions and agencies associated with the administration of youth justice in Australia’s jurisdictions. Following detailed outlines of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of youth crime and responses to it, the book explores in-depth a range of topical youth justice issues, including: Indigenous young people’s contact with the criminal justice system; young women and crime; ethnic minority young people’s criminality; and the intersections of class, youth and crime. Responses to youth offending, such as policing measures, detention and restorative justice conferencing, are also discussed.
Many new issues in youth crime and justice have emerged since the previous edition of the text, including the over-representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, as well as homeless young people and young people in out-of-home care, in the criminal justice system. Case studies on other emerging youth crime issues such as ‘happy slapping’, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, deodorant sniffing, and cyber-bullying are also provided in the text.
The problems associated with remanding young people in custody have also recently come to government and academic attention, as have new approaches to preventing youth crime. Building on some of Dr Richards’ previous work on youth bail and remand, and preventing offending by Indigenous young people (see http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Richards,_Kelly.html), the book examines these issues, with reference to both the Australian and international context.
More information about Juvenile Justice: Youth and Crime in Australia is available on the Oxford University Press website: http://www.oup.com.au/titles/higher_ed/criminology/9780195598421.