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Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency

Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency
A Comprehensive Framework

Second Edition

October 2008 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This text aims to inform students about the latest research and the most promising and effective programs and provides a wealth of information for understanding, preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency. The history of current juvenile justice system policies and practices is examined, including the juvenile violence 'epidemic.' Key myths about juvenile violence and the ability of the juvenile justice system to handle modern-day juvenile delinquents are discussed in depth. Developmental theories of juvenile delinquency are applied to understanding how juvenile offender careers evolve. Effective prevention and rehabilitation programs and what does not work are reviewed. And finally, a comprehensive framework for building a continuum of effective programs is presented. This book is intended as a supplementary text for undergraduate and graduate courses in juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and violent offender intervention courses. It is also essential reading for juvenile justice and social services research and development specialists.
PART I: The Historical Context of Current Juvenile Justice System Policies and Practices
1. Superpredators and Other Myths About Juvenile Delinquency
2. Moral Panic Over Juvenile Delinquency
3. Juvenile Delinquency Trends
PART II: The Research Base on Juvenile Offenders and Gangs
4. A Theory of Juvenile Deilinquency and Gang Involvement
5. Juvenile Offender Careers
6. Youth Gangs
7. Effective Programs for Preventing and Reducing Youth Gang Problems
PART III: Programmatic and Policy Responses to Juvenile Delinquency
8. Principles and Characteristics of Best Practice Programs
9. Effective Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs
10. The Comprehensive Strategy Framework: An Illustration
11. What Doesn't Work in Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency
12. Transfer of Juveniles to the Crimnal Justice System
Concluding Observations
Appendix: Two Model Assessment Instruments
Credits and Sources

"This accessible handbook from a passionate advocate of giving youth 'room to reform, to keep their life chances intact' will be valued by students and practitioners of juvenile justice, as well as lawmakers, policymakers, and social services research and development specialists."
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