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.
Chapter 4: The Current Juvenile Justice System
The goal of this chapter is to describe how the historical legacy of juvenile justice has been translated into the modern justice system practices that one encounters today. The approach is to describe the processing of cases through the modern juvenile court system, comparing and contrasting these practices with the adult criminal justice system. Keep in mind that there remains significant variation among states and localities. What is presented below is an attempt to capture the present reality in the largest number of juvenile court jurisdictions. The National Center for Juvenile Justice is the preeminent source of more current information on how legislative changes impact the ...