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.
James C. (Buddy) Howell, Ph.D., worked at the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the U.S. Department of Justice for 21 years, mostly as Director of Research and Program Development. He also served as Deputy Administrator of OJJDP. He currently is Senior Research Associate with the National Gang Center in Tallahassee, Florida, where he has researched gangs for the past 15 years. He has published 40 works on youth and street gangs, and a similar number on juvenile justice and youth violence, including 3 books. One of which, Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency (SAGE) is now in its second edition. Some of his published works have appeared in Crime & Delinquency (SAGE), Criminology, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (SAGE), and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (SAGE). Dr. Howell is very active in helping States and localities reform their juvenile justice system and employ evidence-based programs, and in working with these entities in addressing gang problems in a research-based, data-driven, and 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