Youth crime

These sources look at representations and explanations of youth crime, and the treatment of young offenders in past centuries.

When you look at the sources think about the following questions...

  • What?kind of behaviour in young people was considered 'criminal'?
  • What?kinds of punishments did young offenders receive?
  • How was youth crime understood? How was the behaviour of young criminals explained?
  • What was thought to cause youth crime? What was thought to prevent it?

The causes of youth crime

Punishing youth crime