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Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice
A Guide to Theory, Policy, and Practice

Tenth Edition

October 2021 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Comprehensive, focused, and up-to-date, Juvenile Justice: A Guide to Theory, Policy, and Practice, Tenth Edition illustrates the practical realities of the juvenile justice system and the most current topics in the field. Students will learn about the history, process, and theories of the juvenile justice system, and gain access to the latest crime measurements while exploring important issues like community-based sanctions, treatment and rehabilitation, gangs, and international youth crime. Emphasizing evidence-based practices, bestselling authors Steven M. Cox, Jennifer M. Allen, and Robert D. Hanser guide readers through the methods and problems of the system and offer realistic insights for students interested in a career in juvenile justice.

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Chapter 1. Juvenile Justice in Historical Perspective
Juvenile Justice Historically

Due Process and the Juvenile Justice System

Continuing Dilemmas in Juvenile Justice

Rethinking Juvenile Justice

Chapter 2. Characteristics, Definitions, and Measurement of Juvenile Offenders and Offenses
Delinquency Profiles

Social Factors

Physical Factors

The Intersectionality of Age, Gender, Race, and Social Class

Legal Definitions

Behavioral Definitions

Official Statistics: Sources and Problems

Official Statistics on Abuse and Neglect

Chapter 3. Child Abuse and Neglect
Domestic or Family Violence

Child Maltreatment

Types of Abuse and Neglect

Internet Exploitation


Chapter 4. Schools and Delinquency
Protective Factors to Delinquency in School Environments

Risk Factors to Delinquency in School Environments

School Safety


School Programs to Prevent or Deter Youth From Delinquency

Chapter 5. Theories of Causation
Scientific Theory

Some Early Theories

Biological Theories

Biosocial/Neurological Theory

Prenatal and Neonatal Development and Delinquency

Psychological Theories

Sociological Theories

Integrated Theories

Chapter 6. Juveniles and the Police
Police Discretion in Encounters With Juveniles

Police Procedures

Training and Competence of Juvenile Officers

Police–School Resource Officer and Liaison Programs

Community-Oriented Policing and Juveniles

Chapter 7. The Purpose and Scope of Juvenile Courts

Comparison of Adult Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Systems

How the Juvenile Court Accomplishes the Purpose

Concepts Included in the Scope of Juvenile Court Acts

Chapter 8. Juvenile Justice Procedures
Rights of Juveniles at Various Stages in Juvenile Court

Understanding Bail and Taking Youth Into Custody by the Police

Juvenile Court Proceedings

Detention or Shelter Care

Chapter 9. Key Figures in Juvenile Court Proceedings
Roles of the Prosecutor and Defense Counsel

Relationship Between the Prosecutor and the Defense Counsel: Adversarial or Cooperative?

Judges and Probation Officers in Juvenile Court

Role of Children and Family Services Personnel, Victim Advocates, and Court Appointed Special Advocates in Juvenile Court

Training and Competence of Juvenile Court Personnel

Chapter 10. Prevention and Diversion Programs
Prevention and Diversion

Diversion Programs

Examples of Prevention and Diversion Programs

Some Criticisms

Chapter 11. Treatment Programming and Trauma-Informed Care With Juvenile Offenders
Mental Health Needs of Juvenile Offenders

Family-of-Origin Issues

Therapeutic Courts

Types of Treatment Modalities

Trauma-Informed Care

Sexuality, Sex Counseling, and Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment

Chapter 12. Dispositional Alternatives
Dispositional Alternatives—Probation, Restorative Justice, Foster Homes, and Treatment Centers

Juvenile Corrections—Dilemmas and Consequences

Capital Punishment and Youthful Offenders

Possible Solutions

Chapter 13. Violent Juveniles and Gangs
Juvenile Violence and Juvenile Homicide


Brief History of Gangs

Theoretical Perspectives on Gang Development

Gang Membership

Risk Factors to Delinquency in School Environments

Characteristics of Gang Members

Female Juveniles and Gang Membership

Response of Justice Network to Gangs

Public, Legislative, and Judicial Reaction

Alternatives to Incarceration for Violent Juveniles

Chapter 14. Global Issues in Juvenile Justice
Age of Responsibility

Juvenile Detention Rates Around the World

Juvenile Exploitation and Delinquency

Internal Administration of Juvenile Justice

Use of Restorative Justice With Young Offenders Around the World

Chapter 15. The Future of Juvenile Justice
Possibilities for the Future of Juvenile Justice

Utilizing and Addressing Advances in Technology

Barriers to Change in Juvenile Justice

Private Juvenile Detention Facilities

Improvements to the Juvenile Justice System



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