The authors of the 20 chapters in Juvenile Crime and Justice address various hotly debated topics along three loosely connected themes: prevention, prosecution, and corrections. Each author presents arguments both in favor of and opposed to various treatments, programs, and punishments, examining issues such as youth curfews, juveniles in adult courts, legal representation for juveniles, juvenile boot camps, group homes, out-of-home placement, and more. The chapters included cover the leading arguments pertaining to key topics in this field and point out where more research needs to be done–which, at present, includes many of the most controversial issues in juvenile justice policy.The SeriesThe five brief, issues-based books in SAGE Reference’s Key Issues in Crime & Punishment Series offer examinations of controversial programs, practices, problems or issues from varied perspectives. Volumes correspond to the five central subfields in the Criminal Justice curriculum: Crime & Criminal Behavior, Policing, The Courts, Corrections, and Juvenile Justice. Each volume consists of approximately 20 chapters offering succinct pro/con examinations, and Recommended Readings conclude each chapter, highlighting different approaches to or perspectives on the issue at hand. As a set, these volumes provide perfect reference support for students writing position papers in undergraduate courses spanning the Criminal Justice curriculum. Each title is approximately 350 pages in length.

Parental Responsibility Laws
Parental responsibility laws

Laws that hold parents legally responsible civilly or criminally for outlawed behavior of their children have a checkered history in the administration of justice. There are advocates who believe that such statutes are the only practical way to put parents on notice that they must guide their children into acceptable paths or suffer legal consequences for their failure to do so. Others insist that the laws are both undesirable and ineffective. Their arguments focus on matters of family privacy and discrimination against the underclass. They also maintain that the parental responsibility laws are oversimplified attempts to deal with a notably complex social problem.

Three major considerations have fueled the drive to enact parental responsibility laws. The first is the inability of ...

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