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Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

March 2017 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency brings into focus the causes of delinquency and provides students with a broad, up-to-date review of the latest research, statistical data, theories, and court decisions in the U.S. juvenile justice system. Author Barry Krisberg writes from a research-based approach which offers students pragmatic solutions to problems within the system—focusing on the reformative power of redemptive justice. Students will take away a foundational understanding of the current policies and issues shaping the juvenile justice system and practical strategies for helping juveniles improve and move their lives in a more positive direction.

Chapter 1. Juvenile Justice: Myths and Realities
Chapter 2. Data Sources
Understanding the Contours of Juvenile Crime

Juvenile Court Statistics

Juveniles Taken Into Custody

Self-Reported Delinquency Surveys

Qualitative Data Sources

Chapter 3. The Historical Legacy of Juvenile Justice
The Houses of Refuge (1825–1860)

The Growth of Institutionalization and the Child Savers (1850–1890)

Juvenile Delinquency and the Progressive Era

The Child Guidance Clinic Movement

The Chicago Area Project

The Mobilization for Youth

Institutional Change and Community-Based Corrections

Changes in Juvenile Court Law

The Emergence of a Conservative Agenda for Juvenile Justice

Chapter 4. The Current Juvenile Justice System
The Flow of Cases Through the Juvenile Justice System

Chapter 5. Juvenile Justice and the American Dilemma
Disproportionate Minority Representation and the Juvenile Justice Process

Youths of Color in Confinement: The National Picture and State Differences

Youths in Prison

Beyond Black and White

¿Dónde Está la Justicia?

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The Burden of Invisibility

Native American Youths: Outsiders in Their Own Land

In Search of Answers

Chapter 6. Young Women and the Juvenile Justice System
Gender-Specific Juvenile Justice Services

What Works for At-Risk Young Women

Other Promising Gender-Specific Approaches

Chapter 7. Is There a Science of Prevention?
The Politics of Prevention

Building a Foundation for Prevention Programming

Implementing Effective Community Prevention Models

Interrupting the Cycle of Violence

The Cost-Effectiveness of Prevention

Is There a Science of Prevention?

Chapter 8. What Works in Juvenile Justice
Summaries of Program Evaluations and Meta-Analyses

A Graduated System of Sanctions and Interventions

Chapter 9. The Gang Busters: Does Getting Tough Reduce Youth Crime?
The Gang Busters

The Impact of Juvenile Corrections

The Boot Camp Frenzy

Transferring Juveniles to the Criminal Justice System

Chapter 10. Redeeming Our Children
Evolving Standards of Juvenile Justice

Contemporary Standards of Juvenile Justice

Seeking Balance and Restorative Justice

The Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders

Our Children and Other People’s Children

Chapter 11. Explaining Juvenile Criminal Behavior
Biological Causes

Psychological Factors

Sociological Theories of Delinquency

The Value of Delinquency Theory for Informing Social Policy


“[Juvenile Justice and Delinquency] is a concise and accessible introduction to the juvenile justice system that is appropriate for undergraduate students who are interested in juvenile justice or child welfare issues.”

Ed Bowman
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

“Strengths include the brief overview of key juvenile delinquency theories, inclusion of chapters on adolescent development and trauma, and policy focus”

Judith A Ryder
St. John’s University

“The history chapter was very thorough. There were facts presented in this chapter that I had never seen in other textbooks. I liked the references to best practices toward the end of the book in chapter eight.”

Michelle C. Watkins
El Paso Community College
Key features


  • A unique approach brings the causes of delinquency into the discussion of the juvenile justice system.
  • Case studies included throughout the chapters bring the content to life and illustrate for students the connections between policy and research.
  • Critical thinking questions appearing at the end of each case study encourage students to use facts and research to make thoughtful decisions regarding the presented issues.
  • A margin glossary helps students master the language used when discussing juvenile justice and delinquency
  • Carefully selected photos aid visual learners by bringing the concepts to life.
  • Web resources at the end of chapters provide students with opportunities explore further information.

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