Juvenile Justice: An Introduction provides a student-friendly exploration of all aspects of the juvenile system. It focuses on the juvenile justice system in United States, presenting materials about the existing key issues with juveniles, such as sex, bullying, social media and the issues of non-delinquent youths. The book is divided into 14 chapters and covers the following concepts of the juvenile justice system: o The definition and extent of delinquency o The history of juvenile justice o Psychological and biological approaches to explaining and learning the key issues of delinquency o Sociological basis of delinquency o Drugs o Policy development and juveniles o Court process o Due process o Institutional and residential interventions o Probation and corrections o Restorative justice o Victimization o Future trends in juvenile justice The text is an excellent reference and ""bedside"" book for students and professionals in the criminal justice field, law enforcement, and policy development.

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Chapter 1 Introduction—The Definition and Extent of Delinquency What You Need to Know Introduction Defining Delinquency Criminal Law Definitions Status Offense Definitions Social/Criminological Definitions Defining a Juvenile The Extent of Delinquency Official Measures of Delinquency Self-Report Measures of Delinquency Comparing the Delinquency Measures Summary Discussion Questions Chapter 2 The History of Juvenile Justice What You Need to Know Introduction Property and Person The Rise of Juvenile Institutions Houses of Refuge New Reformatories Institutions for Females The Establishment of the Juvenile Court The Growth of the Juvenile Court The Legal Philosophy of the Court Problems of the Court Benevolence or Self-Interest? Juvenile Justice from 1920 to the 1960s Changes Since the 1970s Summary Discussion Questions Chapter 3 Explaining Delinquency—Biological and Psychological Approaches What You Need to Know Introduction Theoretical Schools of Thought The Classical School The Positivistic School Neoclassicism and a Summary Biological and Sociobiological Theories Physical Appearance Genetic-Inheritance Studies Biosocial Factors Implications for Juvenile Justice Psychological Explanations Psychoanalytic Explanations Developmental Approaches Personality and Delinquency Mental Deficiency and Delinquency Implications for Juvenile Justice Summary Discussion Questions Chapter 4 Sociological Explanations of Delinquency What You Need to Know Introduction The Chicago School Shaw and McKay: Social Disorganization Sources of Control


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