The Second Edition of Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework aims to inform students about the latest research and the most promising and effective programs and provides a wealth of information for understanding, preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency. Key Features
- Examines the history of current juvenile justice system policies and practices, including the juvenile violence “epidemic”
- Discusses key myths about juvenile violence and the ability of the juvenile justice system to handle modern-day juvenile delinquents
- Applies developmental theories of juvenile delinquency to understanding how juvenile offender careers evolve
- Reviews effective prevention and rehabilitation programs and what does not work
- Presents a comprehensive framework for building a continuum of effective programs
Intended Audience: This is an ideal supplementary text for undergraduate and graduate courses in juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and violent offender intervention courses. It is also essential reading for juvenile justice and social services research and development specialists.
Part I: The Historical Context of Current Juvenile Justice System Policies and Practices
This first section provides some historical context for an understanding of current juvenile justice system policies and practices. The chapters in Part I present an overview of juvenile delinquency from three perspectives. Chapter 1 considers several key myths about juvenile violence and the ability of the juvenile justice system to handle modern-day juvenile delinquents. The “superpredator” myth—that a new breed of juvenile offenders emerged in the late 1980s and the 1990s—is a predominant one examined in the chapter. Chapter 2 examines the current moral panic over juvenile delinquency and the consequences of this so-called crisis for both juvenile offenders and juvenile justice system operations. ...