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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 Seven: Is There a Science of Prevention?
Is There a Science of Prevention?
The Politics of Prevention
During the highly partisan debate in 1993 on the federal Crime Bill, congressional Republicans seized on the theme that delinquency prevention was little more than political pork and that this funding was little more than a payoff to selected jurisdictions in exchange for votes to support the Crime Bill package. An Oakland, California, program that was designed to divert high-risk youths from the streets in the evening, Midnight Basketball, was especially singled out as a worthless expenditure of taxpayer dollars. President Bill Clinton had proposed that there be a large expenditure of funding for youth development programs. Further, Vice President Al Gore championed a federal Ounce of Prevention Council that would ...