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Juvenile Justice in Victorian Scotland

Christine Kelly

Hardback (Forthcoming)

Explores the history of juvenile justice and the day industrial school movement in 19th-century Scotland

How did Scotland’s criminal justice system respond to marginalised street children who found themselves on the wrong side of the law, often for simple vagrancy or other minor offences? This book examines the historical criminalisation of Scotland’s Victorian children, as well as revealing the history and early success of the Scottish day industrial school movement – a philanthropic response to juvenile offending hailed as ‘magic’ in Charles Dickens’s Household Words.

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1. The Young Offender
2. Pressure for Reform
3. The Dream Fades
4.  New Horizons?
5. The Road to Kilbrandon
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About the Author

Christine Kelly is an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Glasgow where she was formerly a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. She is a qualified solicitor and received her PhD from the University of Glasgow. Her research interests centre on the history of juvenile justice in Scotland over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and encompass criminalisation, social theory and the histories of criminal justice and criminal law.

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