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In: Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework

Part I: The Historical Context of Current Juvenile Justice System Policies and Practices

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The Historical Context of Current Juvenile Justice System Policies and Practices
The historical context of current juvenile justice system policies and practices

This first section provides some historical context for an understanding of current juvenile justice system policies and practices. The chapters in Part I present an overview of juvenile delinquency from three perspectives. Chapter 1 considers several key myths about juvenile violence and the ability of the juvenile justice system to handle modern-day juvenile delinquents. The “superpredator” myth—that a new breed of juvenile offenders emerged in the late 1980s and the 1990s—is a predominant one examined in the chapter. Chapter 2 examines the current moral panic over juvenile delinquency and the consequences of this so-called crisis for both juvenile offenders and juvenile justice system operations. ...

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