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.
Juvenile Justice and the American Dilemma
At the dawn of the 20th century, the great American sociologist and social activist W. E. B. DuBois proclaimed that the “problem of the color line” would be the central issue of that century (DuBois, 1903). As we are now in the early decades of the 21st century, his prophetic words still ring true. The juvenile justice system is plagued by racial disparities and inequities that challenge its legitimacy. Despite a dominant philosophy that seeks to be “race neutral,” the decision-making processes of the juvenile justice system are anything but neutral for children of color. In this chapter, the extent of this grave problem ...