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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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Handling of Youth Crime in Hong Kong

Handling of Youth Crime in Hong Kong

(p.122) (p.123) 11 Handling of Youth Crime in Hong Kong
Nurturing Pillars of Society

Francis Wing-lin Lee

Hong Kong University Press

Justice systems vary across different societies and they depend on accepted paradigms and theories regarding the causes of youth crime. While the accepted paradigm is used as a lens for viewing a problem and as a framework for formulating a possible solution, conventional youth crime paradigms and the corresponding punishments are perceived to be one-dimensional since focus is given only to rehabilitative or retributive offenders. The rehabilitative paradigm adopts a deterministic view in providing treatment for individual offenders through analyzing the needs and problems of the offender. In contrast, the retributive paradigm condemns offenders. This perceives the crime as the individual's personal choice, intervention is intended to cause fear to deter deviance. This chapter looks into ways of dealing with youth crime in Hong Kong through looking at juvenile justice models.

Keywords:   justice systems, juvenile justice models, rehabilitative paradigm, retributive paradigm, intervention

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