More haste, less speed?: an evaluation of fast track policies to tackle persistent youth offending in Scotland

Malcolm Hill, Moira Walker, Kristina Moodie, Brendan Wallace, Furzana Khan, Gill McIvor, Andrew Kendrick, University of Strathclyde

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Abstract

In 2003 the Scottish Executive introduced a new 'Fast Track' policy on a pilot basis, which was intended to speed up the processing of persistent youth offending cases and reduce rates of persistent offending. Additional resources were provided to promote access to dedicated programmes, as well as quicker assessment, report delivery and decision making. This paper, based on a multi-stranded comparative evaluation, describes how the policy was welcomed by a wide range of practitioners, decision makers and managers involved with children's hearings who mostly thought it was a positive innovation consistent with the hearing system's commitment to a welfare-based approach. 'Fast Track' cases were handled more quickly than others. After two years, however, the policy was discontinued, largely because of negative evidence about re-offending.
LanguageEnglish
Pages121-138
Number of pages17
JournalYouth Justice
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Hill, M., Walker, M., Moodie, K., Wallace, B., Khan, F., McIvor, G., ... University of Strathclyde (2007). More haste, less speed? an evaluation of fast track policies to tackle persistent youth offending in Scotland. Youth Justice, 7(2), 121-138. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225407078775
Hill, Malcolm ; Walker, Moira ; Moodie, Kristina ; Wallace, Brendan ; Khan, Furzana ; McIvor, Gill ; Kendrick, Andrew ; University of Strathclyde. / More haste, less speed? an evaluation of fast track policies to tackle persistent youth offending in Scotland. In: Youth Justice. 2007 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 121-138.
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More haste, less speed? an evaluation of fast track policies to tackle persistent youth offending in Scotland. / Hill, Malcolm; Walker, Moira; Moodie, Kristina; Wallace, Brendan; Khan, Furzana; McIvor, Gill; Kendrick, Andrew; University of Strathclyde.

In: Youth Justice, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2007, p. 121-138.

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