Award Date

5-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Department

Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Hong Lu, Chair

Second Committee Member

Terance D. Meithe

Third Committee Member

Tamara Madensen

Graduate Faculty Representative

Anna Lukemeyer

Number of Pages

72

Abstract

The Japanese juvenile justice system has been widely regarded as operating based on the principles of reintegrative shaming. Reintegrative shaming, as opposed to a stigmatizing form of shaming, communicates disapproval of wrongdoing with respect, and emphasizes rehabilitation, reintegration, and restoration. Central to reintegrative shaming at the initial contact point of the criminal justice system in Japan are apology and diversion by the local police. Citing juvenile delinquency cases reported in a major national newspaper in Japan, this study analyzes to what extent the community reacted to the delinquency upon its commission. This analysis helps clarify the juvenile justice process in Japan, and shed light on the theory and practice of reintegrative shaming.

Keywords

Japan; Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquents — Rehabilitation; Juvenile delinquents — Rehabilitation – Social aspects; Punishment; Reintegrative shaming; Restorative justice

Disciplines

Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

Language

English


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