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 9: The Gang Busters: Does Getting Tough Reduce Youth Crime?.1
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 ...