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Wild Arabs and savagesA history of juvenile justice in Ireland$
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Paul Sargent

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089169

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089169.001.0001

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From penitentiary to community

From penitentiary to community

2 (p.12) From penitentiary to community
Wild Arabs and savages

Paul Sargent

Manchester University Press

Given the fact that there is no existing history of juvenile justice in Ireland, this chapter provides a straightforward historical account of some of the main developments that have occurred from the emergence of the Irish juvenile justice system in the early nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. It offers the reader a general overview of these developments and provides a historical context for the main study without attempting any theoretical explanation. It also reviews some of the existing literature relating to the Irish juvenile justice system. It highlights the fact that there have been no serious attempts to account for the historical development of juvenile justice in Ireland. Only fragments of this history have been written, for example, histories of the borstal system and of the industrial school system. However, these accounts are largely descriptive and do not engage in wider theoretical debates.

Keywords:   juvenile justice, history, penitentiary, Borstal, industrial school, reformatory school, community

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