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One Theme or Many? The Search for a Deep Structure in Global Juvenile Justice

published in Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective (Franklin E. Zimring, Maximo Langer & David S. Tanenhaus eds., NYU Press, 2015)

UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2810418

UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-36

31 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2016 Last revised: 4 Aug 2016

Franklin E. Zimring

University of California, Berkeley

Maximo Langer

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: July 16, 2016

Abstract

This chapter uses the global portrait of juvenile justice found in the rest of this volume — that includes chapters on juvenile justice in China, Europe, India, Latin America, Muslim-majority states, Poland, Scandinavia, South Africa, and South Korea and Japan — to discuss possible explanations for the almost ubiquitous existence of separate juvenile courts around the world. After briefly analyzing the role that power, emulation, and structural factors have played in the global diffusion of the juvenile court, we discuss what theory of juvenile courts may underlie their actual practices. We argue that the main function that juvenile courts have performed has been letting juvenile offenders grow up out of crime and that such a function also provides the best justification for the continuing existence of these courts.

Keywords: Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Courts

Suggested Citation

Zimring, Franklin E. and Langer, Maximo, One Theme or Many? The Search for a Deep Structure in Global Juvenile Justice (July 16, 2016). published in Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective (Franklin E. Zimring, Maximo Langer & David S. Tanenhaus eds., NYU Press, 2015); UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2810418; UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2810418

Franklin Zimring

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