ISBN-10:
0674030869
ISBN-13:
9780674030862
Pub. Date:
09/15/2008
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Rethinking Juvenile Justice

Rethinking Juvenile Justice

by Elizabeth S. Scott, Laurence Steinberg
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ISBN-13: 9780674030862
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth S. Scott is Harold R. Medina Professor of Law at Columbia University.

Laurence Steinberg is Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Challenge of Lionel Tate 1

2 The Science of Adolescent Development and Teenagers' Involvement in Crime 28

3 Regulating Children in American Law: The State as Parent and Protector 61

4 Why Crime Is Different 82

5 Immaturity and Mitigation 118

6 Developmental Competence and the Adjudication of Juveniles 149

7 Social Welfare and Juvenile Crime Regulation 181

8 The Developmental Model and Juvenile Justice Policy for the Twenty-First Century 223

9 Is Society Ready for Juvenile Justice Reform? 265

Notes 285

Acknowledgments 355

Index 359

What People are Saying About This

The subject of juvenile justice breeds extreme responses. The academic sensibility is extremely lenient, seeing misguided kids who need understanding and help more than punishment. The legal system is mindlessly punitive: juvenile defendants in the US are treated more harshly than adults elsewhere in the Western world. In the midst of this crazy conversation, Scott and Steinberg are voices of sanity. Their wholly novel approach to juvenile crime will make equal sense to judges, juvenile advocates, and urban police forces.
This book is a terrific example of what speaking truth to power, effectively, looks like.

William Stuntz

The subject of juvenile justice breeds extreme responses. The academic sensibility is extremely lenient, seeing misguided kids who need understanding and help more than punishment. The legal system is mindlessly punitive: juvenile defendants in the US are treated more harshly than adults elsewhere in the Western world. In the midst of this crazy conversation, Scott and Steinberg are voices of sanity. Their wholly novel approach to juvenile crime will make equal sense to judges, juvenile advocates, and urban police forces.
This book is a terrific example of what speaking truth to power, effectively, looks like.
William Stuntz, Harvard Law School

John Monahan

Scott and Steinberg, leading figures in juvenile law and adolescent developmental psychology, have joined forces to argue that now is the moment to reconstitute, in a completely original way, how America deals with juvenile crime and juvenile offenders. At once deeply learned and altogether pragmatic, Rethinking Juvenile Justice is one of the most transformative books this field has seen in the past 20 years.

John Monahan, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Terrie Moffitt

America's justice system has become increasingly punitive toward our teenagers during past 25 years. Terrifying terms like "super predator," "zero tolerance" and "vicious youth gangs" are part of our everyday speech. But as Scott and Steinberg show, new neuroscientific and psychological evidence challenges the punitive approach. The book combines rigorous science and impeccable legal scholarship, with forceful prose, to argue for a wholesale reform of the juvenile justice system.

Terrie Moffitt, Duke University and King's College London

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