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This paper explores the issue of the policing of young people in urban public spaces. Building upon previous work which examines how general community space in the urban environment is socially constructed, the paper discusses how aspects of police culture are linked to specific types of...
Throughout 1991 a car theft “crime wave” and a series of deaths arising from high-speed police pursuits had engendered an atmosphere of crisis in “law and order” in Western Australia. Prompted by these events, controversial legislation (the Crime (Serious and Repeat Offenders) Sentencing Act...
The relationships between ethnicity, self/parentally reported offending and rates of police contact were examined in a birth cohort of Christchurch (New Zealand) born children studied to the age of 15 years. This analysis suggested that whilst children of Maori/Pacific Island descent offended at...
In 1989 the Crime Research Centre (University of Western Australia) and criminal justice agencies in Western Australia became involved in the INOIS (Integrated Numerical Offender Identification System) project. The principal aim of this project was to introduce a common, unique identifier for...
This paper discusses aspects of a study of children in secure accommodation conducted in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. Secure accommodation is analysed as an ambiguous disposal designed to hold both offenders and other youngsters causing concern. Reflecting a western cultural tendency to...
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