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Функција образовања у сузбијању малолетничког криминалитета
The Role of Education in Youth Crime Prevention

Author(s): Ljiljana Radulović
Subject(s): Education, Criminal Law, Criminology
Published by: Institut za uporedno pravo
Keywords: education; social prevention policy; criminal policy; youth crime prevention;

Summary/Abstract: Ethically legitimate, rights-compliant and effective approaches to youth crime and justice must be located within a corpus of social and economic policy, as well as in criminal policy. The impact of poverty, family disorder, structural inequality on children and lack of education, on youth crime and criminalisation are undeniable. Diversionary strategies and child-appropriate justice are included educational measures and resocialization oriented sanctions. Research findings and practice experiences affirm that educational and employment opportunities are important for social inclusion and prevention of youth delinquency. Most of the young offenders had been failed by the education system, and have negative experiences of their time spent at school. Education allows children to develop skills and acquire knowledge and training that will affect their future success in life. If they secure successful jobs with wages as a result of their educational success, they will be less likely to offend as adults. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and UN Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty, requires that society, the State and civil society, take measures that will promote healthy development, and this includes education for all minors including a minors in detention. There are three categories of measures and sanctions in the new Republic of Serbia Law on Juveniles: diversion orders, educational measures and juvenile prison sentence. The educational treatment is predominant, even in the juvenile prison sentence.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 145-168
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Serbian