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 1: American Society, Crime, and the Constitution

American Society, Crime, and the Constitution

American Society, Crime, and the Constitution

“In America the law is king.”

thomas paine, common sense

If you want to see where the get-tough juvenile offender policies adopted during the late twentieth century are taking the country in the twenty-first, you could do worse than spend some time in the Sunshine State. Florida has a lot of poverty, a lot of crime, and a lot of punishment. It also has one of the nation’s highest youth incarceration rates. ...

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