Restorative justice for delinquents in Hong Kong : current practices and challenges

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-191
Journal / PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
Issue number3
Online published19 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


In Hong Kong, juvenile justice embraces mainly disciplinary welfare and rehabilitative philosophies. Various statutory measures are applied to juvenile offenders, including police cautioning, community-based treatment programmes and custodial sentencing options. However, no statutory restorative measure has yet been incorporated into the mainstream criminal justice system in Hong Kong. Several non-governmental organisations are developing innovative strategies to prevent problematic adolescents from slipping into delinquency and are willing to apply restorative practices to help delinquents desist from engaging in criminal careers. This study begins with main features of restorative justice, and it highlights the preventive and correctional services for delinquents in Hong Kong. The study also questions the explanations offered by the government for not implementing restorative justice. By comparing restorative options for juveniles in some Asian jurisdictions, the study advocates for an earlier introduction of restorative justice for the benefits of juvenile offenders.

Research Area(s)

  • Hong Kong, Juvenile delinquency, rehabilitation, restorative justice