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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: More haste, less speed? An evaluation of Fast Track policies to tackle persistent youth offending in Scotland
Author(s): Hill, Malcolm
Walker, Moira
Moodie, Kristina
Wallace, Brendan
Bannister, Jon
Khan, Furzana
McIvor, Gill
Kendrick, Andrew
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Keywords: youth justice
youth crime
children's hearings
policy evaluation
Juvenile delinquency Scotland
Recidivists Scotland
Juvenile justice, Administration of Scotland
Issue Date: Aug-2007
Date Deposited: 30-Apr-2009
Citation: Hill M, Walker M, Moodie K, Wallace B, Bannister J, Khan F, McIvor G & Kendrick A (2007) More haste, less speed? An evaluation of Fast Track policies to tackle persistent youth offending in Scotland. Youth Justice, 7 (2), pp. 121-138.
Abstract: In 2003 the Scottish Executive introduced a new Fast Track policy on a pilot basis, which was intended to speed up the processing of persistent youth offending cases and reduce rates of persistent offending. Additional resources were provided to promote access to dedicated programmes, as well as quicker assessment, report delivery and decision-making. This paper, based on a multi-stranded comparative evaluation, describes how the policy was welcomed by a wide range of practitioners, decision-makers and managers involved with children’s hearings, most of thought it was a positive innovation consistent with the hearing system’s commitment to a welfare-based approach. Fast Track cases were handled more quickly than others. After two years, however, the policy was discontinued, largely because of negative evidence about re-offending.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1473225407078775
Rights: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Youth Justice, Volume 7, Issue 2, 2007, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2007 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Youth Justice page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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