Myths and urban legends. Media and politicians on (how to deal with) serious juvenile delinquency.

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Abstract

Journalists as well as politicians paint a stereotype picture of the magnitude and nature of serious juvenile delinquency. According to them, juvenile delinquents generally are serious and dangerous criminals. Politicians make use of this negative image to legitimate their cry for a "get though" policy on juvenile delinquency. In order to consolidate their point of view, politicians appeal to the supposed impunity caused by the procedure of "transfer to adult court". However, neither journalists nor politicians make (sufficiently) use of scientific research in order to put their standpoints in perspective. This article therefore evaluates the theses concerning serious youth crime postulated by journalists and politicians.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages4
JournalOrde van de Dag - Criminaliteit en Samenleving
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006

Keywords

  • MODIFICATION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

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