Juvenile Justice: An Introduction / Edition 7

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Juvenile Justice: An Introduction is a student-friendly analysis of all aspects of the juvenile justice system. The book covers the history and development of the juvenile justice system and the unique issues related to juveniles, including police interaction, court processes, due process, movements toward diversion and deinstitutionalization, and community intervention. This book also examines particular issues within juvenile justice, such as female delinquency, gang delinquency, and the use of the death penalty and Life Without Parole with juveniles. Evidence-based suggestions for successful interventions and treatment are included, with a focus on performing cost-benefit analyses of what works versus what is ineffective with juveniles. The book concludes with a look to the future of the juvenile court, including the real possibility of abolition.

  • Provides an engaging introduction to all aspects of the juvenile justice system in America.
  • This seventh edition builds on a trusted and well-known textbook with new material on key issues such as sexting, bullying, social media, and the issues of non-delinquent youths.
  • Robust offerings for students include study questions, discussion questions, "What You Need to Know" sections in each chapter, key terms identified, online case study questions, and links to relevant websites.
  • Instructors are provided with helpful test question banks, lesson plans, sample syllabi, PowerPoint lecture slides, and links to useful websites.
  • Glossary consolidates key terms with definitions.
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Editorial Reviews

A text for undergraduates in juvenile justice and juvenile delinquency. Chapters on the history of the field; explaining delinquency; gangs; the juvenile court process; and the rights of juveniles contain summaries, discussion questions, key terms and concepts, and boxes on issues such as drug programs and violent juveniles. This second edition includes new chapters on drugs and victims, and a new section on the family and delinquency. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
Whitehead and Lab provide a comprehensive overview of the juvenile justice system and successfully present balanced perspectives of the major issues and controversies that professionals in juvenile justice grapple with. The field is rapidly changing and Whitehead and Lab have managed to keep their material current, relevant, and engaging.

-Bruce D. Stout, Criminology, The College of New Jersey

The Eight Edition of Juvenile Justice, by John T. Whitehead and Steven P. Lab is a well written, well researched, and up-to-date textbook that clearly provides all key topics that must be taught during a full semester course in juvenile justice. A strength is the exemplary pedagogic materials that are clear and relevant without overwhelming the content. What may be most helpful however, is how key topics are explained relative to their effectiveness and practical significance to current problems in the juvenile justice system. In this way students can understand why they should know this stuff!

-Harry R. Dammer, Chair, Sociology/Criminal Justice & Criminology, University of Scranton

Definitely the most comprehensive and up to date textbook available on Juvenile Justice. Covers the history of juvenile justice, including recent Landmark Court Rulings, current theories and rehabilitation programs for juveniles. This textbook is the main textbook for my Criminal Justice graduate course.

-Bruce T. McKinnon, Criminal Justice, Columbia College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455778928
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/2/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 323,857
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Whitehead is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He completed his M.A. at the University of Michigan and earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from SUNY-Albany. He teaches courses in corrections, criminal justice ethics, and the death penalty.

Stephen P. Lab is Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University. He is a nationally recognized expert in crime prevention and his research interests include juvenile delinquency, school crime, and victims of crime. He is a regular consultant for the National Institute of Justice on research and funding activities in the areas of crime prevention, community policing, school crime, gang behavior and interventions, and police partnerships to address crime.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction — The Definition and Extent of Delinquency

2. The History of Juvenile Justice

3. Explaining Delinquency — Biological and Psychological Approaches

4. Sociological Explanations of Delinquency

5. Gang Delinquency

6. Drugs and Delinquency

7. Policing and Juveniles

8. The Juvenile Court Process

9. Due Process and Juveniles

10. Institutional/Residential Interventions

11. Juvenile Probation and Community Corrections

12. Restorative Justice

13. The Victimization of Juveniles

14. Future Directions in Juvenile Justice

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