Description

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.

Key Features

  • Text supplemented with photos, charts, tables and illustrations.

Details

No. of pages:
350
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Anderson
Print ISBN:
9781593455705
Electronic ISBN:
9781437755176

About the authors

Peter Benekos

Affiliations and Expertise

Mercyhurst College

Alida Merlo

Alida V. Merlo is a Professor in the Department of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include juvenile justice, criminal justice policy, and women and the law. Merlo is coauthor of several books, including Anderson’s Controversies in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Crime Control, Politics, and Policy. She is a past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and recipient of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Fellow and Founders Awards. She serves on the editorial board of Crime and Delinquency, the International Journal of Police Science and Management, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and Women and Criminal Justice.

Affiliations and Expertise

Indiana University of Pennsylvania