Juvenile Justice: A Guide to Theory, Policy, and Practice / Edition 6

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Briefer than most texts on the topic, this book accessibly explores the interrelationships among theory, policy, and practice to provide a comprehensive understanding of both the historical foundations and the practical world of juvenile justice. The Sixth Edition, now published by SAGE, is updated throughout covering topics such as the history of juvenile justice, legal considerations in juvenile justice, theory and policy in juvenile justice, and current realities in the practice of juvenile justice. The book’s unique blend of theory, policy, and practice, coupled with a straightforward writing style and comprehensive ancillary package makes it a must-have for students and practitioners alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412951333
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Cox earned his B.S. in psychology, M.A. in sociology, and Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign. Dr. Cox was a member of the Law Enforcement and Justice Administration faculty at Western Illinois University from 1975 to 2007. For the past 45 years he has served as trainer and consultant to numerous criminal justice agencies in the United States and abroad and has worked with several universities in the area of course development. In addition, Dr. Cox has authored and co-authored numerous successful textbooks and articles.

Jennifer Allen is a full time professor and department head of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Georgia. She has worked with juveniles in detention, on probation, and with those victimized by abuse and neglect. Jennifer has published in the areas of restorative justice, juvenile delinquency and justice, youth programming, and policing administration and ethics. She is also the co-author of Criminal Justice Administration: A Service Quality Approach.

Robert Hanser is the Associate Director of the School of Social Sciences and the Coordinator of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Hanser has an extensive background in treatment provision and administration. He sits on the 4th Judicial District's Youth Services Planning Board and also serves on regional advisory councils and community boards related to juvenile services for substance abuse and mental health treatment programming. He is a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Louisiana and Texas, a Licensed Addiction Counselor, and a Certified Anger Management Therapist.

John J.Conrad served as chair of the Department of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University and was very active in the department, university, and surrounding community. After teaching for more than 30 years, he is now retired and enjoying his time traveling throughout the United States.

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Table of Contents

1. Juvenile Justice in Historical Perspective
Juvenile Justice Historically
Continuing Dilemmas in Juvenile Justice
Critical Thinking Questions
Selected Readings
2. Defining and Measuring Offenses By and Against Juveniles
Legal Definitions
Behavioral Definitions
Official Statistics: Sources and Problems
Unofficial Sources of Data
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
3. Characteristics of Juvenile Offenders
Social Factors
Physical Factors
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
4. Theories of Causation
Scientific Theory
Some Early Theories
Biological Theories
Psychological Theories
Sociological Theories
Conflict and Radical/Critical/Marxist Theories
Integrated Theories
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
5. Purpose and Scope of Juvenile Court Acts
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
6. Juvenile Justice Procedures
Rights of Juveniles
Taking Into Custody
The Detention Hearing
Detention/Shelter Care
The Preliminary Conference
The Petition
The Adjudicatory Hearing
The Social Background Investigation
The Dispostional Hearing
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
7. Juveniles and the Police
Police Discretion in Encounters with Juveniles
Unofficial Procedures
Official Procedures
Training and Competence of Juvenile Officers
Police/School Consultant and Liaison Programs
Community-Oriented Policing and Juveniles
Police and Juvenile Court
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
8. Key Figures in Juvenile Court Proceedings
The Prosecutor
Defense Counsel
The Relationship Between the Prosecutor and the Defense Counsel - Adversary or Cooperative
The Juvenile Court Judge
The Juvenile Court Probation Officer
Children and Family Services Personnel
Court-Appointed Special Advocates
Training and Competence of Juvenile Court Personnel
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
9. Prevention and Diversion Programs
Diversion Programs
Some Examples of Prevention and Diversion Programs
Some Criticisms
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
10. Dispositional Alternatives
Foster Homes
Treatment Centers
Juvenile Corrections
The Dilemmas of Juvenile Corrections
Capital Punishment and Youthful Offenders
Some Possible Solutions
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
11. Child Abuse and Neglect
Physical Abuse
Child Neglect
Emotional Abuse of Children
Sexual Abuse of Children
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
12. Violent Youths and Gangs
Violent Youths
Firearms and Juvenile Violence
Response of Justice Network to Gangs
Public, Legislative, and Judicial Reaction
Alternatives to Incarceration for Violent Juveniles
Critical Thinking Exercises
Suggested Readings
13. The Future of Juvenile Justice
Suggested Readings

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