Global Perspectives On Social Issues

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"On November 20, 1959, the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The charter was meant to safeguard rights of children all over the world and to protect the most vulnerable members of society from mistreatment at the hands of their parents, the government, the military, educational institutions, and any establishment capable of exerting power over children." Paola Zalkind and Rita J. Simon begin Global Perspectives on Social Issues: Juvenile Justice Systems with a discussion of this declaration's failure. According to the authors, much of the world-including the most modern industrialized nations-has not lived up to the declaration's tenets. Juvenile Justice Systems discusses both the stated and legal rights of children in many parts of the world, their recognition in the face of criminal proceedings, and the actual experiences of children in different justice systems. This study is explicitly comparative, focusing on such subjects as the age of criminal responsibility, court systems for juvenile offenders, criminal rights of juveniles (measured against those of adults), and conditions and goals of punishment.
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Editorial Reviews

Well-referenced, well-written, and adequately indexed...Recommended.
Well-referenced, well-written, and adequately indexed...Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739106754
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Global Perspectives on Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

RIta J. Simon is University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University. Paola Zalkind is a recent graduate of American University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 North America (United States of America and Canada) Chapter 3 South America (Chile and Colombia) Chapter 4 Western Europe (United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, and Sweden) Chapter 5 Eastern Europe (Russia, Poland, Romania, and Hungary) Chapter 6 The Middle East (Israel, Egypt, Iran, and Syria) Chapter 7 Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria) Chapter 8 Asia (India, China, and Japan) Chapter 9 Australia Chapter 10 Conclusion

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