AN INSIGHT INTO RECIDIVISM AMONG MALE AWAITING-TRIAL YOUTH OFFENDERS AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

Thulane Gxubane

Abstract


Recidivism among young offenders is a major concern for society in general and a challenge for
all the helping professionals working within the field of rehabilitation of young offenders. Early
therapeutic and statutory interventions with young people in conflict with the law are primarily
focused on their rehabilitation. The high rate of recidivism among young offenders leads to
questions about the effectiveness of the therapeutic and statutory interventions available to them.
The ineffectiveness of early interventions with young offenders calls for an understanding of how
these young recidivists experience the world around them. An underlying assumption is that a
good understanding of various factors that young recidivists believe contribute to their reoffending
will help to guide and inform early therapeutic and statutory interventions designed to
help them and their families so as to prevent re-offences from occurring

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