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Juvenile justice policies have historically been built on a foundation of myths and misconceptions. Fear of young, drug-addled superpredators, concerns about immigrants and gangs, claims of gender biases, and race hostilities have influenced the public's views and, consequently, the evolution of juvenile justice. These myths have repeatedly confused the process of rational policy development for the juvenile justice system.
Juvenile Justice: Redeeming Our Children debunks myths about juvenile justice in order to achieve an ideal system that would protect vulnerable children and help build safer communities. Author Barry Krisberg assembles broad and up-to-date research, statistical data, and theories on the U.S. juvenile justice system to encourage effective responses to youth crime. This text gives a historical context to the ongoing quest for the juvenile justice ideal ...
Chapter Two: Data Sources
Getting the facts straight about juvenile crime and about the operation of the juvenile justice system is a challenging job. One confronts a range of statistical data sources that are not integrated and that offer only very partial information on the subject. Further, America's justice systems are radically decentralized. There are more than 10,000 separate law enforcement agencies and nearly 3,000 juvenile courts. These agencies administer laws that are determined by each of the 50 states. In addition, juvenile justice systems in the District of Columbia, Native American tribal areas, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and American trust territories are governed by other legal structures administered by the federal government.
At the federal level, multiple agencies are responsible for collecting and analyzing statistical ...