Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice / Edition 3

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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: 9780534557744
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/11/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D. is a Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has served as Vice President of the American Society of Criminology and President of the Western Society of Criminology. Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her books include Girls, DELINQUENCY, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE (Wadsworth) which was awarded the American Society of Criminology's Michael J. Hindelang Award for "outstanding contribution to criminology, 1992" and THE FEMALE OFFENDER: GIRL

Randall G. Shelden received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Southern Illinois University in 1976. His interests include delinquency, gangs, crime control, female crime and delinquency and the history of criminal justice. Dr. Shelden is the author of four books including YOUTH GANGS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY, (Wadsworth) and CONTROLLING THE DANGEROUS CLASSES: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE. He is currently conducting research on the prison industrial complex. He was the recipient of the UNLV Alumni award for Outstanding Teacher in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992 and 1993.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Why a Book on Girls and Juvenile Justice? 1
2 The Extent of Female Delinquency 7
3 The Nature of Female Delinquency 28
4 Girls and Gangs 45
5 Theories of Female Delinquency and Crime 73
6 Girls' Lives and Girls' Delinquency 101
7 Girls and the Juvenile Justice System: A Historical Overview 124
8 The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System and Girls, Part I: Police and Juvenile Court Processing 146
9 The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System and Girls, Part II: Girls in Institutions 164
10 In Their Own Words: Interviews with Girls in the Juvenile Justice System 192
11 Programs for Girls in Trouble 210
12 Conclusions 239
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