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.

At-Risk Youth
At-risk youth

In 2009, there were an estimated 41.5 million youths between 10 and 19 years of age in the United States. Approximately 18 percent live in poverty; an estimated one child in every 25 is abused, neglected, or in danger of being maltreated; and seven percent have avoided school because of fear of attack or harm. Surrounded by negative circumstances, many of these youths will drop out of high school, end up behind bars, and be at risk of never becoming responsible adults.

There is growing concern that disadvantaged and undereducated youths will never develop into mature adults who successfully support themselves and raise children, sustain a long-term relationship, or profit from participation in the labor force. There is increasing fear that instead, children ...

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