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Toolkit on Diversion and Alternatives to Detention


UN World Report on Violence Against Children - Chapter 5: Violence against children in care and justice institutions [Pdf 601kb]
Excerpt from the longer 'World Report' arising from the UN Global Study on Violence Against Children relating specifically to justice systems. Recommendations 2 and 13 are relevant to diversion and alternatives.

'Children Deprived of Liberty: Rights and Realities', Geert Cappelaere with Anne Grandjean & Yasmin Naqvi, Éditions Jeunesse et droit / DCI Holland, May 2005 [Pdf 996kb]
Global overview of the situation of children in detention with a particular emphasis on the violation of rights this often entails. Includes promising practices. Draws on experience from a wide range of countries, but none of them are referenced by name (deliberately in order to avoid 'naming and shaming').

USA - 'From Time Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System', Michele Deitch et al, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs The University of Texas at Austin, 2009 [Pdf 1.09Mb]
Study on the transfer of young children (under 12) to the adult criminal justice system in the USA, including information on adolescent brain development, the negative effects of detention and the over-representation of ethnic minorities.



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