Youth Justice in America, Second Edition engages students in an exciting, informed discussion of the U.S. juvenile justice system and fills a pressing need to make legal issues personally meaningful to young people. Written in a straightforward style, the book addresses tough, important issues that directly affect today’s youth, including the rights of accused juveniles, search and seizure, self-incrimination and confession, right to appeal, and the death penalty for juveniles. Focusing on cases that relate to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the subject matter comes alive through a wide variety of in-book learning aids.
Chapter 10: The Future of Youth Justice
The Future of Youth Justice
Adolescence can be the time of life when anything seems possible. For many young people all the pleasures of the world lay before them: going to college, falling in love, finding a job and career, establishing independence, starting a family.
But for others, the turbulent years between childhood and adulthood can become a nightmare filled with alcohol and substance abuse, family dysfunction, delinquency, gang violence, crime, arrest, prosecution, incarceration, loneliness, guilt, shame, and despair. For young people caught up in the criminal justice process, the teenage years become a time not of opportunities found but opportunities lost. One of the incarcerated juveniles participating in Mark Salzman’s writing workshop wrote of his daily experience:
Darkness tries to smother ...