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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 ...

The Gang Busters: Does Getting Tough Reduce Youth Crime?1
The gang busters: Does getting tough reduce youth crime?

Most reviews of juvenile justice interventions have focused on the effectiveness of prevention and alternatives to incarceration. Examinations of correctional programs have primarily covered treatment-oriented approaches. Yet the bulk of funding that is aimed at reducing juvenile crime has been devoted to programs designed to get tough with juvenile offenders. These programs are premised on several interrelated ideas, including, first, the belief that taking serious offenders off the streets will lead to crime reductions. The second underlying concept is that harsh penalties will deter other potential offenders from serious law-breaking behaviors. Third, there is the assumption that the juvenile justice system is too lenient and that minors who ...

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