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Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice
The Essentials

September 2009 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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.

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

"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."

Earl Ballou Jr.
Palo Alto College

The book is straightforward and easy for undergraduate and introductory students to comprehend.

Amy Cook
Virginia State University

Haven't made a decision yet.

Professor Alicia Crumpler
Administration of Justice, College Of The Sequoias
October 1, 2015

I like the brevity and simplicity, but think students will miss out without some more depth. I also like the discussion questions and case in point boxes. I'm going to try to find a text that goes into more detail on delinquency, which this text understandably is not able to do. I need more of that for this particular course.

Dr Taryn VanderPyl
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Pacific University
March 28, 2016

I adopted this text because I believe it is a thorough, concise text that covers all of the important topics in Juvenile Justice. It is also student-friendly because it is shorter and it is paperback which means it is less expensive for them to purchase. I also appreciate the instructor site where I can access test banks and PowerPoints.

Professor Margaret Lisuzzo
Criminal Justice Dept, Radford University
January 14, 2015

This book contains very relevant conceptual and theoretical explanations. It also provide a fundamental outline of the historical organization of juvenile justice in the western hemisphere which are relevant to localized teaching and learning. It is also provide very appropriate teaching and learning activities for instructors and students.

Mr Andrew Hicks
Faculty of Social Sciences/Department of Sociology, University of Guyana
July 18, 2014

The price was the ulimated decideing factor, the book was equal to others that I saw available

Ms Margaret King
Criminal Justice Dept, Molloy College
September 14, 2013

I liked the copy I saw my students had for another class with another teacher. Please send my copy quick.

Dr Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers
Sociology, Greensboro College
May 7, 2012
Key features

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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