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Volume 3 Issue 1 - August 25, 2009

Rooting Respect: Young People’s Perspectives on Respect, Responsibility and Government in the Criminal Courts

Alexandra Cox

This article is based on a small piece of empirical research done with young people charged with crimes as adults in New York City. It examines young people’s perspectives on respect, responsibility and government in the context of their legal case. The article contends that young people’s perspectives on some of the moral and ethical dimensions of punishment and control are essential in trying to build a fair and socially just system.