Slang: sometimes difficult to decipher.
The relationship between street slang used by young people and secret codes deployed by gang members is not always straightforward.
This photo from May 2018 shows Cyntoia Brown at her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. On Jan. 7, 2019, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted executive clemency to Brown, serving a life sentence for a murder that happened after she was forced into sex work.
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Cyntoia Brown has been granted clemency for killing a man when she was a teenager and forced into the sex trade. The case showed why the justice system must stop punishing women for defending themselves.
Why is the age of criminal responsibility in the UK the lowest in the European Union?
If the UK is to break the cycle of reoffending, it needs to meet the basic needs of young people in prison and respect the basic human right of adequate nutrition.
There are no easy answers when it comes to tackling knife crime but young people must be at the centre of any possible solution.
Victoria is introducing legislation to require young criminal offenders to wear electronic tracking devices.
Politicians like to appear tough on crime in election years. But Victoria's move to require youth offenders to wear electronic monitoring devices may not have a real impact.
Efforts to regulate social media and censor drill music are wasted. Instead, teachers and police need to give young people opportunities to grow.
Violence in UK schools is at record levels, but expelling pupils isn't always the answer.
Victoria has the lowest youth crime rate of any of the states, despite being the only one that does not have a police in schools program.
The police in schools model abolished in Victoria in 2006 represents an outdated, paternalistic approach to youth crime and would not likely reduce youth crime rates if we brought it back now.
Research has found police in schools programs can work, where the focus is on the safety and education of young people.
Tough-on-crime models of policing students don't reduce youth crime, but community engagement programs for at-risk youth can be beneficial.
A curfew was introduced in Northbridge WA as part of a wider push aimed at protecting child welfare and making the suburb safer.
Tim Nicholls said the introduction of a youth curfew in the WA suburb of Northbridge 'saw a dramatic drop in crime and a reduction in the anti-social behaviour of young people'. Is that right?
How young men justify their need to carry a weapon.
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It's too easy to blame gang culture.
Has D.A.R.E. moved beyond the “just say no” days of the ‘80’s and '90’s?
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Jeff Sessions was met with considerable skepticism when he announced his desire to revive D.A.R.E. But it turns out that the current program is nothing like the ineffective D.A.R.E. of the '80's and '90's.
Killer Sean Mercer, played by Paddy Rowan in Little Boy Blue.
The murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool in 2007 sparked a national debate on armed gangs – but what has changed 10 years on?
Apex graffiti sprayed on the wall of a tennis club in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran.
In the age of social media and online self-promotion, being the subject of a moral panic can not only be a source of pride, but also an inducement to offend.
Tributes left to Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter Katie, murdered in April 2016.
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Two teenagers have been sentenced to life for a double murder. But their crime is extremely rare.
Children in care are criminalised too early – and don't receive the support they need.
The shocking abuse of young inmates at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has prompted a royal commission.
The shocking incidents at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, revealed this week, are not in isolation.
Video games are an easy scapegoat for youth crime rates, but the evidence just isn’t there.
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Victorian police are attributing a rise in car thefts to the "Grand Theft Auto Generation". But blaming video games just distracts from bigger questions of inequality and societal detachment.
Is this helping?
At age ten, children in England, Northern Ireland and Wales can be found guilty of a criminal offence. They can face trial and be placed in detention. We don’t allow children of ten to hold a driver’s…