Juvenile Justice

An Introduction


  • John Whitehead
  • Steven Lab

Juvenile Justice: An Introduction is a student-friendly analysis of all aspects of the juvenile justice system. The book covers the history and development of the juvenile justice system and the unique issues related to juveniles, including police interaction, court processes, due process, movements toward diversion and deinstitutionalization, and community intervention. This book also examines particular issues within juvenile justice, such as female delinquency, gang delinquency, and the use of the death penalty and Life Without Parole with juveniles. Evidence-based suggestions for successful interventions and treatment are included, with a focus on performing cost-benefit analyses of what works versus what is ineffective with juveniles. The book concludes with a look to the future of the juvenile court, including the real possibility of abolition.
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Students in courses on juvenile justice and juvenile delinquency in 2-year and 4-year programs.


Book information

  • Published: February 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-7892-8

Table of Contents

1. Introduction — The Definition and Extent of Delinquency

2. The History of Juvenile Justice

3. Explaining Delinquency — Biological and Psychological Approaches

4. Sociological Explanations of Delinquency

5. Gang Delinquency

6. Drugs and Delinquency

7. Policing and Juveniles

8. The Juvenile Court Process

9. Due Process and Juveniles

10. Institutional/Residential Interventions

11. Juvenile Probation and Community Corrections

12. Restorative Justice

13. The Victimization of Juveniles

14. Future Directions in Juvenile Justice