Law: Criminal law and justice

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Find criminal justice articles

To what extent does the incarceration of juveniles lead to recidivism?

When searching for information on a topic think about the following:

  1. Define any terms you are unsure of - try a dictionary, encyclopedia, or handbook
  2. Identify main concepts in your question - these will form the foundation of your search
    • Concept 1: recidivism
    • Concept 2: juvenile
    • Concept 3: incarceration
  3. Identify synonyms or similar keywords for each main concept
    • Concept 1: re-offending, reoffending, repeat offending
    • Concept 2: youth, teen, young person, child
    • Concept 3: detention, correction, incarceration, custody
  4. Consider any plurals (child vs children), different endings (recidivism vs recidivist), different spellings (reoffending vs re-offending), key acronyms (JDC vs juvenile detention centre)

Databases are tools that allow you to search for secondary sources of information such as journal articles. Here are some key criminal justice and policing ones you may want to search:

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Law, crime and justice news - Latest from the ABC

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