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Philip Bean

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423757

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423757.001.0001

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The special problem of juveniles

The special problem of juveniles

(p.85) 5 The special problem of juveniles
Legalising drugs

Philip Bean

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Data on juvenile offenders shows that almost all adult offenders are juvenile offenders, and almost all serious adult drug users are juvenile users. The groups of children most at risk of drug taking include the homeless, young people abused through prostitution, teenage mothers, and young people not in education, employment or training. American Protestant women of the late 19th century saw the need to save children from the evils of the slums, and the crime and destitution that was an inevitable part of the lives of neglected waifs. The child savers aim to turn these children into productive members of society, and if that required a period of intense training away from home, then so be it. This chapter discusses the special problems of juveniles; the effect of the child savers; what children can and cannot do, and the extent that various proposals are able to fit contemporary requirements.

Keywords:   juvenile, drug, child saver, homeless, prostitution, teenage mother, society

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