Putting ‘Justice’ in recovery capital: Yarning about hopes and futures with young people in detention

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Hamilton, Sharynne Lee, Maslen, Sarah, Best, David, Freeman, Jacinta, O'Donnell, Melissa, Reibel, Tracy, Mutch, Raewyn and Watkins, Rochelle 2020. Putting ‘Justice’ in recovery capital: Yarning about hopes and futures with young people in detention. Justice and Social Democracy. 9 (2), pp. 20-36. https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v9i2.1256
AuthorsHamilton, Sharynne Lee, Maslen, Sarah, Best, David, Freeman, Jacinta, O'Donnell, Melissa, Reibel, Tracy, Mutch, Raewyn and Watkins, Rochelle
Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are over-represented in Australian youth detention centres and the justice system. In contrast to deficit-focused approaches to health and justice research, this article engages with the hopes, relationships and educational experiences of 38 detained youth in Western Australia who participated in a study of screening and diagnosis for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. We report on a qualitative study that used a ‘social yarning’ approach. While the participants reported lives marred by substance use, crime, trauma and neurodevelopmental disability, they also spoke of strong connections to country and community, their education experiences and their future goals. In line with new efforts for a ‘positive youth justice’ and extending on models of recovery capital, we argue that we must celebrate success and hope through a process of mapping and building recovery capital in the justice context at an individual and institutional level.

KeywordsSociology and Political Science; Law
Year2020
JournalJustice and Social Democracy
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Journal citation9 (2), pp. 20-36
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
ISSN2202-8005
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v9i2.1256
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625358
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
hdl:10545/625358
Publication dates20 Jan 2020
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Deposited06 Nov 2020, 17:41
Accepted2020
ContributorsUniversity of Western Australia, University of Canberra, University of Derby and Telethon Kids Institute
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