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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.

Moral Panic over Juvenile Delinquency
Moral panic over juvenile delinquency

This chapter addresses the origins and history of the current moral panic over delinquency in the United States. What is this phenomenon? The term moral panic (Cohen, 1980) refers to circumstances in which the perceived threat from some group or situation is greatly exaggerated compared with the actual threat. Thus, in a state moral panic, political and social leaders suddenly define a specific group of people as a major threat to our values and behavioral standards. Put simply, moral crusaders in a society create moral panics to stigmatize as evil the people or actions they find offensive.

I begin this chapter with a brief discussion of the history and development of the current moral panic and then ...

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