American Juvenile Justice / Edition 1

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Overview

American Juvenile Justice is a definitive volume for courses on the criminology and policy analysis of adolescence. The focus is on the principles and policy of a separate and distinct system of juvenile justice. The book opens with an introduction of the creation of adolescence, presenting a justification for the category of the juvenile or a period of partial responsibility before full adulthood. Subsequent sections include empirical investigations of the nature of youth criminality and legal policy toward youth crime. At the heart of the book is an argument for a penal policy that recognizes diminished responsibility and a youth policy that emphasizes the benefits of letting the maturing process continue with minimal interruption. The book concludes with applications of the core concerns to five specific problem areas in current juvenile justice: teen pregnancy, transfer to criminal court, minority overrepresentation, juvenile gun use, and youth homicide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195181173
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/14/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 692,799
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Franklin E. Zimring is the William G. Simon Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or co-author of many books on topics including deterrence, the changing legal world of adolescence, capital punishment, the scale of imprisonment, and drug control. Recent books include The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment (voted a Book of the Year by the economist), American Youth Violence, and A Century of Juvenile Justice.

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Table of Contents

I. Adolescence: Social Facts and Legal Theory
1. Childhood and Public Law Before the Revolution
2. Modern Adolescence as a Learner's Permit
3. The Problem of Individual Variation
II. A Rationale for American Juvenile Justice
4. The Common Thread—Diversion in Juvenile Justice
5. Penal Proportionality for the Young Offender
III. The Adolescent Offender
6. Kids, Groups, and Crime: Some Implications of a Well-Known Secret
7. Two Patterns of Age Progression in Adolescent Crime
8. The Case of the Disappearing Super-Predator: Some III. Lessons from the 1990s
IV. Policy Problems in Modern Juvenile Justice
9. The Jurisprudence of Teen Pregnancy
10. Juvenile or Criminal Court? A Punitive Theory of Waiver
11. Reducing the Harms of Minority Over-representation in American Juvenile Justice
12. Choosing a Coherent Policy Toward Juveniles and Guns
13. The Hardest of the Hard Cases—The Young Homicide Offender

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