By Susan Guarino-Ghezzi
Balancing Juvenile Justice, now in a paperback structure of a lately improved and revised variation, is a entire dialogue of the first concerns policymakers may still use in outstanding a stability among conserving youths answerable for prior habit, and offering prone and possibilities in order that their destiny habit should be guided via confident, instead of damaging, forces. the subjects coated contain: tendencies in philosophy and politics; a evaluation of kingdom and native reforms in juvenile justice; the altering position of the juvenile courtroom; improvement of a balanced continuum of correctional courses; and methods for reform.
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We hope that this book can demonstrate some measure of the challenges that they have faced. Finally, we appreciate the commentary of our colleagues and several anonymous reviewers who read and critiqued early versions of our manuscript. We offer special thanks to Kim Godfrey for her assistance. Page 1 1 Trends in Philosophy and Politics The Context of Juvenile Justice Juvenile offenders are caught in a multi-causal and largely impenetrable web of economic, community, and family problems. Theories of juvenile crime have focused on many of these problems, alone or in combination.
The message that dysfunctional system sends to violence-prone young people is that actions don't have consequences" (New York Times, 18 August 1994). Similarly, a Wall Street Journal editorial published in the fall of 1993 reported that "[w]hen asked to name a cause for the increase in youth violence, law enforcement officials largely single out the nation's system of so-called juvenile justice. Set up some 30 years ago to protect immature kids who might get arrested for truancy, shoplifting or joy riding, it is ill equipped to cope with the violent children of the 1990s who are robbing, raping and murdering" (Wall Street Journal, 28 September 1993).
Between 1977 and 1985, contrary to expectation based on the crime rates, the rates of youth confined on any given day in juvenile detention centers to await court action increased by more than 50 percent. The rates of juveniles incarcerated in training schools on a given day increased by more than 16 percent. Moral and legal differences between juveniles and adults notwithstanding, policymakers became convinced during the 1980s that serious juvenile crime was not significantly different from serious crimes committed by adults.
Balancing Juvenile Justice by Susan Guarino-Ghezzi