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Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice
Redeeming Our Children

September 2004 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Juvenile justice policies have historically been built on a foundation of myths and misconceptions. Fear of young, drug-addled superpredators, concerns about immigrants and gangs, claims of gender biases, and race hostilities have influenced the public's views and, consequently, the evolution of juvenile justice. These myths have repeatedly confused the process of rational policy development for the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile Justice: Redeeming Our Children debunks myths about juvenile justice in order to achieve an ideal system that would protect vulnerable children and help build safer communities. Author Barry Krisberg assembles broad and up-to-date research, statistical data, and theories on the U.S. juvenile justice system to encourage effective responses to youth crime. This text gives a historical context to the ongoing quest for the juvenile justice ideal and examines how the current system of laws, policies, and practices came into place.

Juvenile Justice reviews the best research-based knowledge on what works and what does not work in the current system. The book also examines failed juvenile justice policies and applies high standards of scientific evidence to seek new resolutions. This text helps students embrace the value of redemptive justice and serves as a springboard for the current generation to implement sounder social policies.

Juvenile Justice is an ideal textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying juvenile justice in Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Sociology. The book is also an excellent supplemental text for juvenile delinquency courses.

Chapter 1: Juvenile Justice: Myths and Realities

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Chapter 2: Data Sources
Understanding the Contours of Juvenile Crime

Juvenile Court Statistics

Juveniles Taken Into Custody

Self-Reported Delinquency Surveys

Qualitative Data Sources


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Chapter 3: The Historical Legacy of Juvenile Justice
The House of Refuge (1825-1860)

The Growth of Institutionalization and the Child Savers (1850-1890)

Juvenile Delinquency and the Progressive Era

The Child Guidance Clinic Movement

The Chicago Area Project

The Mobilization for Youth

Institutional Change and Community-Based Corrections

Changes in Juvenile Court Law

The Emergence of a Conservative Agenda for Juvenile Justice


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Chapter 4: The Current Juvenile Justice System
The Flow of Cases Through the Juvenile Justice System


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Chapter 5: Juvenile Justice and the American Dilemma
Disproportionate Minority Representation and the Juvenile Justice Process

Youths of Color in Confinement: The National Picture and State Differences

Youths in Prison

Beyond Black and White

Donde Esta la Justicia?

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The Burden of Invisibility

Native American Youths: Outsiders in Their Own Land

In Search of Answers


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Chapter 6: Young Women and the Juvenile Justice System
Gender-Specific Juvenile Justice Services

What Works for At-Risk Young Women

Other Promising Gender-Specific Approaches



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Chapter 7: Is There a Science of Prevention?
The Politics of Prevention

Building a Foundation for Prevention Programming

Implementing Effective Community Prevention Models

Interrupting the Cycle of Violence

The Cost-Effectiveness of Prevention

Is There a Science of Prevention?


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Chapter 8: What Works in Juvenile Justice
Summaries of Program Evaluations and Meta-Analyses

A Graduated System of Sanctions and Interventions


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Chapter 9: The Gang Busters: Does Getting Tough Reduce Youth Crime?
The Gang Busters

The Impact of Juvenile Corrections

The Boot Camp Frenzy

Transferring Juveniles to the Criminal Justice System


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Chapter 10: Redeeming Our Children
Evolving Standards of Juvenile Justice

Contemporary Standards of Juvenile Justice

Seeking Balance and Restorative Justice

The Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders

Our Children and Other People's Children


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About the Author

This book examines the nature, extent, and causes of crime and disruptive behavior among juveniles, offering a comprehensive overview of this significant and growing problem. It offers a clear understanding of the role of police and courts.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
October 25, 2011

Krisberg does a good job in this book and I might use it as a supplement, however my course is more theoretically based - I'm a good sociologist in background!

Dr Jean Humphreys
Humanities Dept, Dallas Baptist University
August 24, 2011

This is a modern text in a class of its own. There is no alternative

Miss Marion Aylott
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol
June 21, 2011

Barry A. Krisberg

Barry Krisberg (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is a Senior Fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley Law School and a Lecturer in Residence at in the Juris Doctor Program at Berkeley Law. He is known nationally for his research and expertise on juvenile justice and corrections issues and is often called upon as a resource for professionals, foundations, and the media. Dr. Krisberg was appointed by the legislature to serve on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management. Past president and fellow of the Western Society of Criminology, he... More About Author

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