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 Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs

Effective prevention and rehabilitation programs

I begin this chapter with a discussion of four key myths about juvenile justice programs. The discussion of these myths also highlights research on juvenile justice programs. I then provide examples of effective programs for juvenile offenders, followed by a review of important research on the costs and benefits of juvenile justice programs. The chapter concludes with a brief illustration of how communities can use the growing knowledge base concerning the most effective ways to improve juvenile justice system programs.

Myths versus Research Evidence

Four key myths dominate public opinion about juvenile justice programs. The first one—that nothing works—has been predominant for more than three decades, as we saw in Chapter 8.1 address this myth in this section, ...

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