Comprehensive and detailed, this book provides information on: the history of the United States' response to juvenile delinquency; the increasing seriousness of the problem; and the public policies available to deal with it. James C Howell cites the pressing need for a clearer understanding of the risk factors for youth violence. Long-term solutions such as the development of more effective prevention programmes, better-matched offender//treatment programmes, and a more cost effective juvenile justice system are also discussed. Extensive figures and tables are included.
With graffiti aptly sprawled across the cover, Howell (National Youth Gang Center, Tallahassee, FL) provides an overview of juvenile reform movements; landmark Federal legislation; trends, theories, and research into risk factors for violent juvenile crime; gang activities, evaluations, and interventions; and a comprehensive strategy for serious, chronic offenders. He makes a case for using developmental models for studying the roots of adult crime. The epilogue spotlights data on juvenile crime patterns, and recidivism collected by the Study Group on Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders (Loeber & Farrington, in press). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Dr. James C. (Buddy) Howell is a senior research associate with the National Gang Center, in Tallahassee, Florida, where he has worked for 19 years. He formerly worked at the U.S. Department of Justice for 23 years, mostly as director of research and program development in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He has published 50 works on youth and street gangs, and a similar number on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, and seven books on both topics. His gang publication topics include street gang history; gang homicides; drug trafficking; gangs in schools; hybrid gangs; myths about gangs; risk factors; gang problem trends; gang history in the U.S.; and what works in preventing gang activity, combating gangs, and reducing gang crime. He is very active in helping states and localities reform their juvenile justice systems and use evidence-based programs and in working with these entities to address youth gang problems in a balanced approach.
Juvenile Reform Movements
Landmark Federal Legislation
Who's To Blame for Violent Crime
Juvenile Delinquency Trends and Juvenile Justice System Responses
Youth Gang Homicides, Drug Trafficking and Program Interventions
Risk Factors for Youth Violence
The Case for Developmental Criminology
A Comprehensive Strategy