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Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice
An Active-Learning Approach

Second Edition

June 2023 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Built on the philosophy of rehabilitation and treatment rather than retribution and punishment, the key goal of the juvenile justice system is to deter delinquency before adolescents enter the harsher adult system. Juvenile Justice: An Active-Learning Approach, Second Edition provides an in-depth exploration of the United States juvenile justice system and the response from police, courts, and correctional institutions to crimes committed by juveniles, as well as the strategies used to deter these crimes. Using an active-learning approach, renowned authors Frank Schmalleger and Catherine D. Marcum provide students with a foundational understanding of the juvenile justice system, while also giving them the opportunity to put what they learn into action, thus increasing their ability to comprehend and retain information and to carefully analyze the juvenile justice system.
Part I: Understanding Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Chapter 1. History of the Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 2. Measurement of Juvenile Crime
Chapter 3. Theories of Delinquency
Part II: Navigating the Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 4. Juveniles and the Police
Chapter 5. The Juvenile Court System
Chapter 6. The Juvenile Corrections System
Part III: Juvenile Behaviors
Chapter 7. Juveniles and Gangs
Chapter 8. Juveniles and Violence
Chapter 9. Juveniles and Cybercrime
Chapter 10. Juvenile Drug Use
Part IV: Moving Forward
Chapter 11. Effective Programs for Juveniles


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"This is a strong book to use for learners interested in learning an overview of the juvenile system and if they are interested in knowing the laws and case law that pertain to juveniles. It is well-written and easy to follow."

Kimberly Stewart
Regis College

"This text is written in a way that concepts are understood by the students. The active learning exercises are well-written and enhance the material."

James Ledet
Tyler Junior College
Key features
  • The new edition is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support. Learn more.
  • Language has been updated throughout the book to be more culturally relevant.
  • Updated photos for enhanced visual appeal.
  • Revised tables and figures to reflect the latest available data.
  • A unique chapter on Juveniles and Cybercrime enables students to think critically about cyberbullying, cyberstalking, child pornography, and digital piracy.
  • Humanizing the individuals involved in the juvenile justice system, each chapter opens with a vignette to highlight a contemporary issue for that particular subject.
  • Case studies and accompanying questions encourage students to discuss and debate real-world examples of juvenile court cases.
  • A variety of active-learning exercises developed by the authors, some individual and some group-oriented, enhance student learning.
    • In the Media exercises encourage students to think about the relationship between traditional and social media and how they impact juvenile behavior.
    • Navigating the Field exercises let students explore and evaluate evidence-based strategies that have impacted a juvenile justice program, policy, or practice related to the chapter content.
    • Exploring Juvenile Justice Further application activities at the end of each chapter offer additional opportunities for students to apply what they have learned in class to the real world.

-      Alejandro’s story was introduced, which is a case study with accompanying questions that is found at the end of every chapter. Each chapter’s story addition compliments the topic of the chapter.

-      Photos updated

-      Language updated to be more culturally relevant

-      Addition of new theory
Tables and figures updated to reflect the latest available data