Juvenile Justice: Redeeming Our Children

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Juvenile justice policies have historically been built on a foundation of myths and misconceptions. Fear of young, drug-addled superpredators, concerns about immigrants and gangs, claims of gender biases, and race hostilities have influenced the public's views and, consequently, the evolution of juvenile justice. These myths have repeatedly confused the process of rational policy development for the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile Justice: Redeeming Our Children debunks myths about juvenile justice in order to achieve an ideal system that would protect vulnerable children and help build safer communities. Author Barry Krisberg assembles broad and up-to-date research, statistical data, and theories on the U.S. juvenile justice system to encourage effective responses to youth crime. This text gives a historical context to the ongoing quest for the juvenile justice ideal and examines how the current system of laws, policies, and practices came into place.

Juvenile Justice reviews the best research-based knowledge on what works and what does not work in the current system. The book also examines failed juvenile justice policies and applies high standards of scientific evidence to seek new resolutions. This text helps students embrace the value of redemptive justice and serves as a springboard for the current generation to implement sounder social policies.

Juvenile Justice is an ideal textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying juvenile justice in Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Sociology. The book is also an excellent supplemental text for juvenile delinquency courses.


Chapter 1: Juvenile Justice: Myths and Realities
Review Questions
Chapter 2: Data Sources
Understanding the Contours of Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Court Statistics
Juveniles Taken Into Custody
Self-Reported Delinquency Surveys
Qualitative Data Sources
Review Questions
Chapter 3: The Historical Legacy of Juvenile Justice
The House of Refuge (1825-1860)
The Growth of Institutionalization and the Child Savers (1850-1890)
Juvenile Delinquency and the Progressive Era
The Child Guidance Clinic Movement
The Chicago Area Project
The Mobilization for Youth
Institutional Change and Community-Based Corrections
Changes in Juvenile Court Law
The Emergence of a Conservative Agenda for Juvenile Justice
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Chapter 4: The Current Juvenile Justice System
The Flow of Cases Through the Juvenile Justice System
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Chapter 5: Juvenile Justice and the American Dilemma
Disproportionate Minority Representation and the Juvenile Justice Process
Youths of Color in Confinement: The National Picture and State Differences
Youths in Prison
Beyond Black and White
Donde Esta la Justicia?
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The Burden of Invisibility
Native American Youths: Outsiders in Their Own Land
In Search of Answers
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Chapter 6: Young Women and the Juvenile Justice System
Gender-Specific Juvenile Justice Services
What Works for At-Risk Young Women
Other Promising Gender-Specific Approaches
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Chapter 7: Is There a Science of Prevention?
The Politics of Prevention
Building a Foundation for Prevention Programming
Implementing Effective Community Prevention Models
Interrupting the Cycle of Violence
The Cost-Effectiveness of Prevention
Is There a Science of Prevention?
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Chapter 8: What Works in Juvenile Justice
Summaries of Program Evaluations and Meta-Analyses
A Graduated System of Sanctions and Interventions
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Chapter 9: The Gang Busters: Does Getting Tough Reduce Youth Crime?
The Gang Busters
The Impact of Juvenile Corrections
The Boot Camp Frenzy
Transferring Juveniles to the Criminal Justice System
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Chapter 10: Redeeming Our Children
Evolving Standards of Juvenile Justice
Contemporary Standards of Juvenile Justice
Seeking Balance and Restorative Justice
The Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders
Our Children and Other People's Children
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About the Author


Barry A. Krisberg (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is a Senior Fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley Law School and a Lecturer in Residence at in the Juris Doctor Program at Berkeley Law. He is known nationally for his research and expertise on juvenile justice and corrections issues and is often called upon as a resource for professionals, foundations, and the media. Dr. Krisberg was appointed by the legislature to serve on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management. Past president and fellow of the Western Society of Criminology, he was Chair of the California Attorney General's Research Advisory Committee. Dr. Krisberg was appointed to chair an Expert Panel to investigate the conditions in the California youth prisons. His many books and articles include Juvenile Justice and Continuing the Struggle for Justice, both published by SAGE.

EAN: 9780761925002
ISBN: 0761925007
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2004
Seitenanzahl: 248 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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