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Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration analyzes the judicial, legal, and correctional agencies that respond to delinquent offenders. The articles reveal the diversity and complexity of the juvenile courts and present the current policy debates regarding juvenile justice. They reflect the historical origins and the recent transformation of the juvenile justice system as it moves from a nominally rehabilitative social welfare agency to a more scaled-down criminal justice system for young offenders.
Chapter 1 features a discussion of the origins of the juvenile court system. Chapter 2 examines juvenile justice administration, focusing on the various stages of the process and the sources of organizational diversity. The articles in Chapter 3 look at the quality of procedural justice in juvenile courts. This section examines the conflicts between the procedural rights of juvenile offenders, the traditional conception of the juvenile court as a rehabilitative agency, and the increased severity of sentencing policy in response to recent efforts to get tough and crack down on youth crime. Chapter 4 focuses on alternative strategies that would transfer serious young offenders to criminal courts for prosecution as adults, demonstrating the conceptual and administrative tensions embodied in defining the boundaries between delinquents and criminals, between children and adults, and between treatment and punishment. Chapter 5 analyzes several aspects of sentencing delinquents in juvenile courts. The articles in this section reveal the shifts in juvenile justice jurisprudence, policy, administration, and practices from rehabilitation to retribution and from offender to offense. The final set of articles in Chapter 6 highlight some of the current policy debates about the future of the juvenile court as an institution, exploring the need to maintain a separate juvenile justice system for young offenders. Bringing together some of the most important articles in the field, Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration is ideal for courses in criminal and juvenile justice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195104059
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/4/1999
  • Series: Readings in Crime and Punishment Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Minnesota
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Origins of the Juvenile Court 5
Re-imaging Childhood and Reconstructing the Legal Order: The Case for Abolishing the Juvenile Court 8
The Juvenile Court 13
The Triumph of Benevolence: The Origins of the Juvenile Justice System in the United States 20
2 Gateway to the Juvenile Justice Process: Varieties of Juvenile Courts 36
Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Crime 38
Justice by Geography: Urban, Suburban, and Rural Variations in Juvenile Justice Administration 52
Structural Variations in Juvenile Court Processing: Inequality, the Underclass, and Social Control 67
3 Procedural Justice in Juvenile Court 80
Detention 88
Preventive Detention and the Judicial Prediction of Dangerousness for Juveniles: A Natural Experiment 99
In re Gault Revisited: A Cross-State Comparison of the Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court 117
The Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court: An Empirical Study of When Lawyers Appear and the Difference They Make 127
Re-imagining Childhood and Reconstructing the Legal Order: The Case for Abolishing the Juvenile Court 141
Remnants of Parens Patriae in the Adjudicatory Hearing: Is a Fair Trial Possible in Juvenile Court? 149
4 Transfer of Serious Young Offenders to Criminal Court 161
Juveniles and Violence 167
Transfer 172
The End of the Line: An Empirical Study of Judicial Waiver 184
The Automatic Waiver of Juveniles and Substantive Justice 204
Prosecutorial Waiver: Case Study of a Questionable Reform 210
5 Sentencing Delinquent Offenders 226
The Juvenile Court Meets the Principle of Offense: Punishment, Treatment, and the Difference It Makes 228
Role Determinants in Juvenile Court 248
Race Effects in Juvenile Justice Decision-Making: Findings of a Statewide Analysis 267
Juvenile Corrections 279
A Comparative Analysis of Organizational Structure and Inmate Subcultures in Institutions for Juvenile Offenders 295
Evaluation of the Paint Creek Youth Center: A Residential Program for Serious Delinquents 311
A Meta-Analysis of Juvenile Correctional Treatment 323
The Effectiveness of Intervention: Recent Trends and Current Issues 330
6 The Future of the Juvenile Court 341
Taking Gault Seriously: Toward a New Juvenile Court 343
Criminalizing the American Juvenile Court 356
Leaving Bad Enough Alone: A Response to the Juvenile Court Abolitionists 367
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