Community support and diversionary measures for juvenile offenders in Hong Kong : Old legacy, new age

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-20
Journal / PublicationAsian Journal of Criminology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


This paper begins by examining the arguments that led to the change of emphasis from residential training and detention to community-based measures in Hong Kong. Police cautioning and community support services are introduced. An evaluation of the services provided found that the majority of respondents reported high levels of satisfaction with them. It is likely that the services exerted positive influences on the respondents' deviant behaviour, family values and sense of social responsibility, but one-fifth of them continued to commit deviant acts. Parents' participation was not high. Young offenders rarely took responsibility for the offence they committed or understood the harm they had done to victims, and victims were not involved in deciding the intervention plan. The conclusions raise issues about the future for Hong Kong. They consider new diversionary strategies for responding to young people and debate the values that should underpin them. © Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2006.

Research Area(s)

  • Diversion, Police cautioning, Restorative justice, Youth justice