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Overview

A brief yet thorough introduction with an emphasis on real-world issues

Briefer and less expensive than traditional core textbooks, Juvenile Justice: The Essentials provides a current, thought-provoking introduction to juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency, the challenges of reducing juvenile crime, and of providing equal and fair justice for all juvenile offenders. Offering a comprehensive yet concise overview of the field’s most important concepts and issues, authors Richard Lawrence and Mario Hesse include cutting-edge research; practical examples of juvenile justice in action; and up-to-date coverage of laws, policies, and programs in juvenile justice. Engaging pedagogical features illustrate true-to-life cases, policies, and practices that capture student interest by vividly responding to the “So what?” question of how delinquency theories apply in the real world.

Key Features

  • A unique chapter on restorative justice covers restorative practices with juvenile offenders.
  • “Case in Point” boxes with accompanying questions include scenarios or vignettes of juvenile justice cases to encourage students to think about and discuss major issues; photos illustrate key points in the chapters.
  • “Policy and Practice” boxes explore the real-life implications of juvenile justice policy and address student interest in the "What works?" questions about juvenile justice.
  • Chapter Highlights begin each chapter, providing a preview of forthcoming topics.
  • Bulleted Summaries, Key Terms, and Discussion Questions at the end of each chapter help students master key concepts and engage in critical thought and discussion of important findings, justice policies and practices.
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Editorial Reviews

Earl Ballou Jr.
"My overall assessment of this project is one of success! The text is well-presented and done so with clarity and a style that makes for easy reading and limited confusion. It takes the reader from a non-system to considerations for a future in juvenile justice. The strengths of this work are founded on clear, understandable language and a viewpoint of unbiased desire to present the most current and relevant information possible. As for weaknesses, generally speaking, I could find none."
Amy Cook
The book is straightforward and easy for undergraduate and introductory students to comprehend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412970129
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Pages: 313
  • Sales rank: 490,428
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lawrence is Professor of Criminal Justice at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He earned a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, M.A. in Psychology at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX and a B.A. in Psychology at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. He has published two books on school crime and juvenile justice and is the author of more than forty articles and chapters published in academic journals and books, including Juvenile Justice: A Text/Reader, just published by SAGE.

MARIO HESSE is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis in deviance and demography from South Dakota State University; a M.S. in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University; and a B.A. in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. He is one of two professors responsible for the Corrections Minor within the Department of Criminal Justice. He has correctional experience at county and local levels within Minnesota (public and private). He is a contributing member to the Minnesota Juvenile Detention Association (MNJDA). His research and teaching interests include juvenile justice, gangs, corrections, and crime and media, and he is a review-editor for A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society. He has been published in ACJS Today, Criminal Justice Review, and The Journal of Gang Research. He is a regular attendee and presenter at the National Gang Crime Research Center Conference. Additionally, he has attended and presented at other criminal justice related conferences.

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Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
1. Defining and Measuring Juvenile Delinquency
2. The History of Juvenile Justice
3. Causes of Delinquency: Rational Choice and Individual Explanations
4. Sociological Explanations of Delinquency
5. Correlates and Causes of Delinquency
6. Police and Juveniles
7. Due Process and Juveniles' Rights
8. Juvenile Detention and Court Intake
9. Transfer to Criminal Court
10. The Juvenile Court Process
11. Juvenile Corrections: Institutional and Residential
12. Juvenile Probation and Community Corrections
13. Restorative Justice
14. The Future of Juvenile Justice
References
Index
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