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2017 Drummond Hunter Memorial Lecture

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From 18:00 to 20:00 on 28th November 2017

LT1 Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE

Cost: Free

The recent reductions in convictions and imprisonment rates for young people in Scotland are viewed by politicians and some policy makers as evidence that youth justice policy is working. In this lecture, Professors Lesley McAra and Susan McVie of Edinburgh University will interrogate the meaning of these statistics in a context where diversionary imperatives have come to the fore and where the Scottish Government is planning to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from age 8 to 12. Does the apparent 'youth crime drop' signify the efficacy of diversion or does it instead reflect transformations in contexts and nature of youthful transgressions? And what are its implications for delivering justice for those young people who do come into conflict with the law. Drawing on over 18 years of fieldwork from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, they will present a vision for youth justice which answers such questions.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Law and Society.

Social Justice & Poverty
Local Authority Area
City of Edinburgh Council
Howard League Scotland
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