The public believes that juveniles are to blame for the growth of violence in the United States that began in the mid-1980s. But, whoÆs really to blame for violent crime? Is youth gang involvement in trafficking crack cocaine in inner-cities a key factor? The Evolution of Juvenile Justice and Youth Violence in America explores how juvenile offenders have taken the brunt of crime policyÆs reaction to the high level and recent increase in violent crime in the United States. In the justice system today, juveniles are being tried with adults in criminal courts and incarcerated with them in adult prisons. Taking a historical approach and reviewing current research, author James C. Howell examines the shift in crime policy from an emphasis on treatment and rehabilitation to punishment and how that change is neither philosophically sound nor effective. Long-term solutions, Howell argues, lie in the development of more effective programs, better-matched offender treatment programs, and a more cost-effective juvenile justice system. Written with compassion yet methodologically sound, this volume creates a comprehensive framework that will help communities incorporate best practices and utilize knowledge of risk and protective factors for serious and violent delinquency. Author James C. Howell combines prevention and graduated sanctions in this sensible strategy for dealing with serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders. The Evolution of Juvenile Justice and Youth Violence in America is an outstanding resource and text for not only graduate students but also academics, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, professionals in the legal system, and educators.
Part II: Part II
Part II contains solutions to juvenile violence. We begin with youth gang violence in Chapter 6. The chapter includes an analysis of youth gang homicides and recommended program approaches for reducing these and youth gang problems in general. Chapter 7 reviews risk factors for youth violence. Chapter 8 presents “developmental criminology,” a way of examining serious, violent, and chronic juvenile delinquency that should lead to a better understanding of offending. Finally, in Chapter 9, a comprehensive strategy for serious, violent, and chronic juvenile delinquency is presented. This chapter also illustrates how this comprehensive strategy can be implemented.[Page 114]