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.

Fourth Amendment Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures

Fourth Amendment

Imagine you are fourteen years old. You are in your bedroom making an entry in your journal about how much you hate your older sister, who has turned cold and snobby to you. On those tear-stained pages are words of anger and frustration that you would never say aloud and idle threats that you would never actually communicate to anyone or carry out. But it sure feels good to get out your feelings. As you lie in bed, police break down your front door, come into your bedroom, and grab the journal. They read through it. On several pages the statement “I am going to strangle her!” is written in the margins. The police find ...

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