Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice / Edition 1

Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice / Edition 1

by Meda Chesney-Lind, Randall G. Shelden
     
 

Filling a tremendous gap in criminological literature, Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice focuses on the special problems delinquent girls face within our criminal justice system ... and exposes the system's failed attempts to apply male-oriented theories to the delinquency of females. Authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Randall G. Shelden include the relevance of… See more details below

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Filling a tremendous gap in criminological literature, Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice focuses on the special problems delinquent girls face within our criminal justice system ... and exposes the system's failed attempts to apply male-oriented theories to the delinquency of females. Authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Randall G. Shelden include the relevance of classic theories of delinquency to female juveniles; an impressive amount of historical data and numerous contemporary studies to show that, often, mainstream theories and approaches don't work with female juveniles; and ten in-depth interviews with delinquent girls who share their experiences in the criminal justice system. In addition to greater theoretical development, this second edition has been thoroughly updated with a separate chapter on girls in gangs; important new statistics; and more information on the use of drugs and alcohol, drug-addicted babies, the impact of the newest legislation, and the relative success of alternative programs to incarceration. A volume in the Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534169800
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
10/11/1991
Series:
A volume in the Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288

Table of Contents

1Introduction: Why a Book on Girls and Juvenile Justice?1
2The Extent of Female Delinquency7
3The Nature of Female Delinquency28
4Girls and Gangs45
5Theories of Female Delinquency and Crime73
6Girls' Lives and Girls' Delinquency101
7Girls and the Juvenile Justice System: A Historical Overview124
8The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System and Girls, Part I: Police and Juvenile Court Processing146
9The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System and Girls, Part II: Girls in Institutions164
10In Their Own Words: Interviews with Girls in the Juvenile Justice System192
11Programs for Girls in Trouble210
12Conclusions239

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