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Sport, recreation and juvenile crime

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Male juveniles commit a considerable proportion of reported offences in Australia. Rates of offending for female juveniles are increasing, but are still substantially lower. Juveniles are under-represented within the overall rates for violent crimes, but are over-represented in arrests for property offences such as burglary and motor vehicle theft.

Aboriginal juveniles are greatly over-represented within the juvenile justice system. Evidence indicates that this over-representation is greater for Aboriginal children than it is for adults.


Sport and recreation have been given broad definitions within this report. "Recreation" includes a variety of experiences which one engages in on a voluntary basis during leisure time; for example, art, music, camping, bushcraft and cultural pursuits. "Sport" encompasses traditional forms of competitive athletics (such as volleyball, football, and boxing) as well as physical pursuits that are not necessarily competitive (such as rock climbing, weight training, and martial arts). Sport is one form of recreation.

Sport and recreation does not encompass activities that are solely oriented towards vocational training, work, education or counselling.

There has been very little research into the criminal behaviour of girls and women. As a consequence we do not know whether girls commit offences for the same reasons as boys -it is possible that the explanations for girls' criminal behaviour are quite different. Consequently it cannot be assumed that a program that has been devised to meet the needs of male juvenile offenders (the majority of programs have been implemented in this area) will have the same impact on girls as it does on boys. Further research is needed on female criminality generally.



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Editor's comments - [  We rather like this book; a publication from the Australian Institute of Criminolgy that attempts to explain some of the causes of youth crime, complicated by ethnicity in Australia and details some of the youth inclusion projects elsewhere in the world. Frankly, it was ahead of its time.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Mason, G. Wilson. P. (1998). Sport, recreation and juvenile crime. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology


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