Controversies in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency


  • Peter Benekos
  • Alida Merlo

After providing a history of the development of the juvenile court, this book explores some of the most important current controversies in juvenile justice. Original essays review major theories of juvenile delinquency, explore psychological and biological factors that may explain delinquent behavior, and examine the nexus between substance abuse and delinquency. A final chapter provides a comparative analysis.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2008
  • ISBN: 978-1-59345-570-5

Table of Contents

1. Reflections on Youth and Juvenile Justice

2. What Causes Delinquency? Classical and Sociological Theories of Crime

3. Delinquency Theory: Examining Delinquency and Aggression through a Biopsychosocial Approach

4. Youth, Drugs, and Delinquency

5. Violence and Schools: The Problem, Prevention, and Policies

6. A World of Risk: Victimized Children in the Juvenile Justice System - An Ecological Explanation, a Holistic Solution

7. Prosecuting Juvenile Offenders in Criminal Court

8. Youth Behind Bars: Doing Justice or Doing Harm?

9. Race, Delinquency, and Discrimination: Minorities in the Juvenile Justice System

10. In Trouble and Ignored: Female Delinquents in America

11. Sentenced to Die: Controversy and Change in the Ultimate Sanction for Juvenile Offenders

12. Comparative Juvenile Justice Policy: Lessons from Other Countries