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Juvenile Justice
Redeeming Our Children



February 2005 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.

 
Preface
 
Chapter 1: Juvenile Justice: Myths and Realities
Summary

 
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

 
Summary

 
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

 
Summary

 
Review Questions

 
 
Chapter 4: The Current Juvenile Justice System
The Flow of Cases Through the Juvenile Justice System

 
Summary

 
Review Questions

 
 
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

 
Summary

 
Review Questions

 
 
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

 
Conclusions

 
Summary

 
Review Questions

 
 
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?

 
Summary

 
Review Questions

 
 
Chapter 8: What Works in Juvenile Justice
Summaries of Program Evaluations and Meta-Analyses

 
A Graduated System of Sanctions and Interventions

 
Summary

 
Review Questions

 
 
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

 
Summary

 
Review Questions

 
 
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

 
Summary

 
Review Questions

 
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author

This book examines the nature, extent, and causes of crime and disruptive behavior among juveniles, offering a comprehensive overview of this significant and growing problem. It offers a clear understanding of the role of police and courts.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
October 25, 2011

Krisberg does a good job in this book and I might use it as a supplement, however my course is more theoretically based - I'm a good sociologist in background!

Dr Jean Humphreys
Humanities Dept, Dallas Baptist University
August 24, 2011

This is a modern text in a class of its own. There is no alternative

Miss Marion Aylott
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol
June 21, 2011

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