At a Tender Age: Violent Youth and Juvenile Justice

At a Tender Age: Violent Youth and Juvenile Justice

by Rita Kramer

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The juvenile justice system, as it operates in many parts of the country, is presented as severely flawed and outdated in this study by Kramer (In Defense of the Family), who spent three years observing the system in New York City. She documents cases of youngsters, some only 12 years old, who have committed homicide, rape and arson, but whose age shelters them from meaningful punishment. In Kramer's interviews with Family Court judges, with probation officers and staffs of correctional institutions, we hear the repetitious cadence of failure ``to restrain or retrain the violent young.'' The voices of victims, victimizers, judges, lawyers (principally Legal Aid advocates) mingle as readers thread their way through a baffling system, one that more often than not nurtures the criminal offender's contempt for the law. Disturbing questions prevail but solutions are not readily forthcoming in this enlightening, sobering journey though the milieu of criminal children. (April)
Library Journal
Kramer ( In Defense of the Family , LJ 2/15/83 ) sets out to provide an inside view of how the juvenile justice system works and, especially, fails to work. Largely through anecdotal evidence she succeeds, but timeliness is not one of this book's virtues. Fifteen years ago it was more common to call the criminal justice system a ``nonsystem'' and to answer the question, ``What works?'' negatively. More recently, there is evidence that rehabilitation is often effective ( see Francis Cullen and Karen Gilbert's Reaffirming Rehabilitation , Anderson, 1982.) The policy recommendations in Kramer's book are more in the conservative tradition of Edward Banfield, Ernest van den Haag, and James Q. Wilson. For informed lay readers and specialists. John Broderick, Stonehill Coll. , North Easton, Mass.

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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