—Turkey acceded to the Convention on the Rights of Children in 1995, and in 2005, the Turkish Child Protection Law was enacted. This study reviews the progress and irregularities of the Law's implementation of Turkish juvenile justice system. Te purpose of the study is to reveal the progress and misapplications in the juvenile justice system in the light of legal regulations. A literature review on the present situation of the juvenile justice system after 2005 is employed for this purpose. The results of the review indicated that children’s rights in criminal justice process are protected by the law, however as indicated in the literature review, in practice there are many problems related to the prosecution process, period of detention, the structure of juvenile courts and penal institutions. In conclusion, which measures could be taken to enhance the juvenile justice system is argued.
—Juvenile justice, justice system, child protection law, Turkey, juvenile delinquency, reformatories.
Sevgi Çoban is with the Department of Sociology, Hacettep University 06800, Ankara, Turkey (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: S. Çoban, " Juvenile Justice System in Turkey," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 351-355, 2016.