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A retrograde step: the potential impact of high visibility uniforms within youth justice reparation

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The Labour government has recently introduced uniforms for adult offenders undertaking community service as part of their community orders. There have also been calls within the youth justice arena to introduce uniforms to young offenders undertaking reparation. Through observations, interviews and questionnaires with young offenders and their supervising staff, we argue that the introduction of uniforms will be counterproductive on a number of levels. In short, it would be a retrograde step. We conclude with a suggestion on how to increase the visibility of unpaid work by offenders within the community, without the negative impact of uniforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-30
Number of pages13
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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