Abstract

This study analyzes juvenile delinquency and reformatory education issues in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. For each case, the literature concerning juvenile delinquency is reviewed and specific institutional policies are discussed. The evidence presented in the study is based upon primary and secondary source documentation, as well as field work and interviews conducted in each region in 1992 and 1983. The study’s three hypotheses argue that stigma is conferred upon both offenders and their family members, institutional policies can be categorized as non-rational when one compares stated goals with observable polices, and that formal educational organizations play a minor role in educating delinquent youth. While evidence is presented which supports each of the hypotheses, the first hypothesis is strongly confirmed with respect to the People's Republic of China case while the third hypothesis is strongly confirmed with respect to the Taiwan and Hong Kong cases. The second hypothesis is observed to hold true for each of the cases.

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