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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 ...

What Works in Juvenile Justice
What works in juvenile justice

In the 1970s and 1980s it was common for academic observers and policy makers to conclude that “nothing works” in juvenile justice (Martinson, 1974). Conservative critics of juvenile justice argued that rehabilitation programs were not effective and that greater emphasis must be placed on deterrence and incapacitation (Murray & Cox, 1979; Wilson, 1983). Critics of juvenile justice from the left claimed that juvenile justice programs actually stigmatized youths, making them worse than if they had not been “helped” (Lemert, 1951; Schur, 1973). Conservatives claimed that the rehabilitative ideal of the juvenile court meant that its sanctions were too lenient, teaching youngsters that they could violate the law with impunity. Liberals felt that juvenile sanctions were often ...

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