Dispatches from Juvenile Hall: Fixing a Failing System

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A revolutionary book that offers a fresh, bold approach to confronting the juvenile crime epidemic With the rise of violent crimes committed by teenagers in recent years, heated discussion has arisen over the societal factors that lead to juvenile criminality and the ways that public institutions are failing to curtail them. Now a team of experts with decades of collective hands-on experience present a book that cuts through the hype and paranoia to offer real solutions. Drawing on actual case studies, Dispatches from Juvenile Hall shows how conventional 'tough on crime' tactics have only worsened the problem, and presents a new blueprint for change that incorporates punitive action, rehabilitation, and family intervention-a progressive program that will encourage and enlighten all those concerned about the future of our youth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143116226
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,010,030
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Smith is the director of the Lane County Department of Youth Services. Over the past twenty years, she has developed and implemented juvenille justice programs, lead system reform, and authored two books and numerous articles on the subject.

Linda Wagner has worked as the research and development coordinator in the Lane County Department of Youth Services for many years, evaluating the impact of juvenile justice policy and system reform.

John Aarons is a casework coordinator with the Lane County Department of Youth Services. Previously he worked as a consultant for the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges. All are frequent speakers on the subject of juvenile crime.

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Table of Contents

Dispatches from Juvenile Hall Acknowledgments
Part I: Personal Narratives

Chapter 1: Jasmine
Chapter 2: Arturo
Chapter 3: Rachel
Chapter 4: Alan
Chapter 5: Stephanie
Chapter 6: Roger
Chapter 7: Michael
Chapter 8: Chris
Chapter 9: Marcia
Chapter 10: Tyrone

Part II: How to Fix the System: Assessment and Recommendations

Chapter 11: A Brief History of Juvenile Justice in the United States
Chapter 12: What Doesn't Work
Chapter 13: What Works
Chapter 14: Risk (Who)
Chapter 15. Need (What)
Chapter 16. Treatment (How)
Chapter 17: Program Integrity (How Well)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    This book is largely composed of first-person stories from young

    This book is largely composed of first-person stories from young people with experience in various juvenile justice systems, but is framed by adult juvenile justice workers. The narratives show what was done to try to make these delinquents better people. The other main purposes of the book are describing and demonstrating causes of juvenile delinquency and suggesting solutions. I did find in some parts where it seemed as if they were going against what they said earlier. Such as the first evidence-based practice program they mentioned included all of the things that didn't work when it came to getting the youths out of delinquency. Otherwise, it was a good-structured book. I did like how they started off by showing some real-life stories. It got me thinking of what we were actually dealing with in the system.

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