KEY FEATURES A unique approach brings the causes of delinquency into the discussion of the juvenile justice system. Case studies included throughout the chapters bring the content to life and illustrate for students the connections between policy and research. Critical thinking questions appearing at the end of each case study encourage students to use facts and research to make thoughtful decisions regarding the presented issues. A margin glossary helps students master the language used when discussing juvenile justice and delinquency Carefully selected photos aid visual learners by bringing the concepts to life. Web resources at the end of chapters provide students with opportunities explore further information.

Data Sources

Chapter 2 Data sources
Barry A. Krisberg

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, and Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and American trust territories are governed by other legal structures administered by the federal government.

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