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Stigmatising policies against Latin American youth: criminal falacies

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Spanish

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Abstract

Summary: This article discusses the stigmatising image of violence associated with young people from popular sectors in Latin America. There is evidence of the narrative and symbolic structure in which, on the basis of the imputability of young people as the main source of homicide, the need to tighten penalties for minors and reduce the age of criminal liability is scarcely objectively supported. In contrast, on the basis of data, it is stated that it is not the youth that is responsible for the exacerbation of homicide violence in the region, which highlights the inadequacy of criminalising measures against this population segment.

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