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Black and Minority Ethnic Boys and Custody in England and Wales: Understanding Subjective Experiences through an Analysis of Official Data

School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham TW20 0EX, UK
School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor LL57 2DG, UK
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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(11), 226;
Received: 12 September 2018 / Revised: 2 November 2018 / Accepted: 3 November 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Race/Ethnicity, Crime and Social Control)
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Recent years have seen a dramatic shift in youth justice outcomes and a fall in the number of children drawn into the youth justice system in England and Wales. However, it appears that children from some backgrounds have not benefited as much as others from this change. There is a wealth of academic literature on processes of criminalisation, policies, and practices of youth justice and the experiences of children, particularly boys, in custody. However, there is little detailed understanding of how these processes, policies, and practices affect children from different backgrounds. This paper examines the most intrusive aspect of youth justice, namely, custodial sentences. Through an examination of the Inspectorate of Prisons’ reports and associated surveys, this paper seeks to explore black and minority ethnic boys’ perceptions of their experiences of custody. View Full-Text
Keywords: custody; ethnicity; boys; racism; youth justice custody; ethnicity; boys; racism; youth justice

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Barn, R.; Feilzer, M.; Hardwick, N. Black and Minority Ethnic Boys and Custody in England and Wales: Understanding Subjective Experiences through an Analysis of Official Data. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 226.

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