Protection of Child Offenders at the Pre-Trial Process in Malaysia: Are We Doing Enough?

Authors

  • Nadzriah Ahmad Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Abdul Ghafur Hamid hmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, 50728, Malaysia
  • Saodah Wok Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, 50728, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI3.2571

Abstract

The adverse effects of the pre-trial process on child offenders are damaging, particularly on their mental, emotional and physical developments. This study adopted the qualitative design, and the results indicate that the majority of the child offenders affirmed that they were subjected to some forms of ill-treatment during the pre-trial process, particularly during the investigation stage, where they are subjected to questioning. Thus, the results can facilitate the policymakers in strengthening and developing the current laws and policies and to introduce diversion programmes as an alternative to the juvenile justice system in Malaysia.

Keywords: pre-trial process; questioning, juveniles; ill-treatment.

eISSN: 2398-4287© 2020. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bsby e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI3.2571

Published

2020-12-28

How to Cite

Ahmad, N., Hamid, A. G. ., & Wok, S. . (2020). Protection of Child Offenders at the Pre-Trial Process in Malaysia: Are We Doing Enough?. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 5(SI3), 285-289. https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5iSI3.2571