IPJJ - Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice


Juvenile justice in the CEE/CIS region: progress, challenges, obstacles, and opportunities

2013 - United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
The document entitled "Juvenile justice in the CEE/CIS region: progress, challenges, obstacles, and opportunities" was published by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the European Union in June 2013.

This paper describes the most signi­ficant advances made in the development of juvenile justice systems in the CEE/CIS region over the past decade, and the most important challenges remaining. The paper also provides some key recommendations for further impact on the rights of the children involved. Until recently, the overriding aim of juvenile justice reform was de­fined in terms of 'humanization' by many of the governments engaged in the reforms. In practical terms, this translated into goals such as avoiding the prosecution of children involved in minor offences, making sentences shorter, eliminating violence and ill-treatment, preventing children from being detained with adults, improving physical conditions in prisons, and so on. These are all important goals, but they often overlooked the fact that one of the purposes of juvenile justice is to reduce reoffending. During the ­first decade or so of reform efforts, insuffi­cient attention was given to the prevention of offending and reoffending. This is beginning to change.

Available in English, 16 pages.

Source of document : UN
Type of document : reports, implementation, monitoring & evaluation