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[Ebook PDF] Juvenile Justice: An Introduction, 9th Edition
Juvenile Justice: An Introduction, Ninth Edition, presents a comprehensive picture of juvenile offending, delinquency theories, and the ways juvenile justice actors and agencies react to delinquency. Whitehead and Lab offer evidence-based suggestions for successful interventions and treatment and examine the prospects for rebalancing the model of juvenile court.
This new edition includes insightful analysis and the latest available statistics on juvenile crime and victimization, drug use, court processing, and corrections. Recent developments include the possible influence of biosocial factors on delinquency; use of social media both for recruiting gang members and for combatting gangs; new probation models; responses to cyberbullying; the renewed emphasis on status offenses; the implications of drug legalization; police shootings; and specialty courts for teens and those with mental illness. Chapter 12 has been recast to cover specific information on prevention programs in addition to restorative justice approaches.
Each chapter enhances student understanding with Key Terms, a “What You Need to Know” section, and Discussion Questions. Links at key points in the text show students where to get the latest information.
For this ninth edition of Juvenile Justice: An Introduction, we have updated materials. We have included the latest available statistics on juvenile crime and victimization, drug use, court processing, and corrections. Chapter 3 includes expanded sociobiological discussions of delinquency, and Chapter 4 has added materials on integrative explanations of delinquency. The gangs chapter provides updated information on the gang problem as well as on responding to gangs and ganging in the community. The chapter on drugs notes research on the effects of drug legalization in some states. The police chapter now in – cludes a section on police shootings, an issue that has received considerable media attention in the last few years. The due process chapter includes the most recent Supreme Court case on juvenile life without parole. The probation chapter discusses recent findings on a deterrence model (Project HOPE) and the implications for juvenile probation. This edition includes a completely new chapter on prevention efforts. The futures chapter has a section on the “smart on juvenile justice” movement that focuses on risk assessment, evidence-based practices, and cost considerations. The futures chapter also includes a section on raising the age of criminal court jurisdiction and a discussion of charges of racism that some have raised about criminal and juvenile justice.
In summary, we have tried to present a book that offers a comprehensive picture of juvenile offending, delinquency theories, and how juvenile justice actors and agencies react to delinquency. But we have also tried to introduce students to the controversial issues that arise as society attempts to prevent delinquency and to respond to delinquents in the most positive ways possible. We would like students to be both knowledgeable and critical; to understand how juvenile justice operates; and to be able to think about ways to improve what we have.
Our hope is that professors can use this text as a starting point to help students think more deeply about the critical issues surrounding delinquency.
Each chapter has a section entitled “What You Need to Know.” This is a list that summarizes key pieces of information. Along with the Key Terms list, this section should help students focus on the key concepts and information in each chapter. We have also included website information at key points in the text showing students where they can go to get the latest information from such sources as the FBI Uniform Crime Reports and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. As with previous editions, there is instructional material that is available on the publisher’s website for the book. There we have materials for both the instructor and the student. These materials supplement the book and can be incorporated into regular class activities or can be used by the individual for study and further exploration. Some of these materials are directed specifically to the student, while others are for the instructor. We thank all of the people at Routledge (Anderson Publishing) for their support and hard work, and those
who reviewed the book.
We are especially grateful to Ellen Boyne, Pam Chester, and Heather Snijdewind for their excellent work in editing and producing the book, and to Mickey Braswell for his continuing support.