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.

The Comprehensive Strategy Framework: An Illustration

The comprehensive strategy framework: An illustration

The Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders (Wilson & Howell, 1993) was developed at the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the early 1990s. It was the product of an OJJDP review of research on juvenile offenders, best practices, and effective programs. This review culminated in the Comprehensive Strategy (CS).

The seventh U.S. “moral panic” over juvenile delinquency (Chapter 2) instigated the OJJDP review and development of the CS. Reported juvenile violence—particularly homicides (and also suicides)—had increased sharply beginning in the late 1980s, and a “moral panic” over juvenile delinquency was in full bloom. The “get tough on juveniles” movement was growing along with a penchant among policy ...

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