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Nurturing Pillars of SocietyUnderstanding and Working with the Young Generation in Hong Kong$
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Francis Wing-lin Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028801

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028801.001.0001

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Youth Crime in Hong Kong

Youth Crime in Hong Kong

(p.104) (p.105) 10 Youth Crime in Hong Kong
Nurturing Pillars of Society

Francis Wing-lin Lee

Hong Kong University Press

In Hong Kong, many ordinances provide behavioral guidelines, particularly through defining the status of people. Those convicted of an offence aged 10 to 15 are referred to as “juvenile offenders” while those aged 16 to 20 are called “young offenders.” Usually, though, young offenders are perceived as juvenile offenders, and vice versa. The process of becoming a juvenile or young offender includes the committing of the allegedly illegal act, reporting the act, arresting the suspect, the denial or confession of guilt, the examination of evidence, and court proceedings. These activities are, however, influenced by community reactions, policing styles, the counting rulers, evidence collection, and the suspects' attitudes. This chapter looks into various aspects of juvenile crimes, its causes, and associated theories.

Keywords:   behavioral guidelines, juvenile offenders, young offenders, community reactions, policing styles, counting rulers, evidence collection, attitudes

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