The Influence of Moral Panics, Public Anxieties and Short-Term Political Calculations on Youth Justice Reforms

The English youth justice system is a locus of persistent reform which is driven by a complex array of extraneous factors (Goldson, 2010). Underlying the various transformations which the youth justice system has taken is the tension between research-based knowledge alongside practice-based evidence and a variety of outside influences such as the emotive public, the…