Young Offenders’ Insights into their Experiences in Accessing TV and Press News in a Liberty-Depriving Context

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This paper seeks to give voice to young offenders placed in custodial institutions in Portugal, aiming to discuss their insights into their experiences in accessing TV and press news in a liberty-depriving context, and how through their choices they (re)view their own life trajectories and attitudes towards the institution and the juvenile justice system. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the study focused on a population that tends to gain the media’s attention, but their own interpretation of social matters has rarely been heard.
Through informed consent, a random sample was collected involving 150 participants, of both sexes, between 12 and 21 years of age. The findings pointed up how news contents were mainly understood as essential windows to the world: for many participants, reading or watching news was a process sustained by the need for maintaining contact with their communities and the world outside custody. Not only was their experience in the juvenile system clearly reflected in their discussion about the news, they also strengthened the relation of some news content with their attitude towards their families, peers and institutions. The results reveal they were particularly interested in news on two issues - children in danger and crime -, and through the analysis young offenders made of their choices, they (re)viewed their life trajectories and projected into an aftercare future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th IJJO International Conference: "Making Deprivation of Children’s Liberty a Last Resort
Subtitle of host publicationTowards evidence-based policies on alternatives
EditorsAdélaïde Vanhove, Alfonso Andreo, Giulia Melotti, María Teresa Pérez
Place of PublicationBruxelas
PublisherInternational Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO)
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event6th IJJO International Conference - Bruxelas, Belgium
Duration: 3 Dec 20144 Dec 2014


Conference6th IJJO International Conference


  • Young offenders
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Children’s Rights
  • Custodial institutions
  • TV and press news


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