Bad Kids: Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court / Edition 1

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Written by a leading scholar of juvenile justice, this book explores the social and legal changes that have transformed the juvenile court in the last three decades from a nominally rehabilitative welfare agency into a scaled-down criminal court for young offenders. It explores the complex relationship between race and youth crime to explain both the Supreme Court decision to provide delinquents with procedural justice and the more recent political impetus to "get tough" on young offenders. This provocative book will be necessary reading for criminal and juvenile justice scholars, sociologists, legislators, and juvenile justice personnel.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is the latest title in Oxford's "Studies in Crime and Public Policy" series, much of which deals with youth crime and its relationship to society. Feld Minnesota Law Sch. is a leading scholar in the field of juvenile justice administration. Here he briefly traces the evolution of the juvenile court from its inception in the early 1900s, with an emphasis on the past three decades. Early juvenile courts were seen as rehabilitative welfare agencies, but with the Supreme Court's emphasis in the 1960s on due process, children began to be seen as defendants. As a result of a series of Supreme Court decisions, Feld asserts, juveniles now receive the "worst of both worlds." He explores the complex relationship between race and youth crime in an attempt to understand the court decisions that lead to procedural justice. He also discusses the recent political impetus to treat juveniles as adults in some cases. His points are well made and persuasive. Recommended for libraries with an interest in juveniles and criminal justice.--Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195097887
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Feld is Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He is the author of five books and more than three dozen law review and criminology articles on juvenile justice administration with special emphases on serious offenders, procedural justice, and youth sentencing policy.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Introduction 3
1 The Social Construction of Childhood and Adolescence 17
2 The Juvenile Court and the "Rehabilitative Ideal" 46
3 The Constitutional Domestication of the Juvenile Court 79
4 Procedural Justice in Juvenile Courts: Law on the Books and Law in Action 109
5 Social Control and Noncriminal Status Offenders: Triage and Privatization 166
6 Delinquent or Criminal? Juvenile Courts' Shrinking Jurisdiction over Serious Young Offenders 189
7 Punishment, Treatment, and the Juvenile Court: Sentencing Delinquents 245
8 Abolish the Juvenile Court: Sentencing Policy When the Child Is a Criminal and the Criminal Is a Child 287
Epilogue 331
References 343
Index 367
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