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.

Effective Programs for Preventing and Reducing Youth Gang Problems

Effective programs for preventing and reducing youth gang problems

Chapter 6 contrasted cities, towns, and rural areas with transitory gang problems with larger cities and suburban areas in which gang problems are far more persistent and entrenched. These two extremes in severity of gang problems suggest two important implications for successful responses. First, each community's gang programs and strategies must be based on an objective assessment of its specific gang problem. As we saw in Chapter 6, gangs are confusing to many observers (see Box 6.5). Moreover, community representatives often see gangs differently when thinking about combating them. Police tend to describe them as a hierarchichal organization with formal leaders and well-defined roles, much like a military ...

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