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Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice
A Text/Reader

March 2008 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Juvenile Justice: A Text/Reader offers a unique new spin on the core textbook format. Organized like a more traditional juvenile justice text, this text/reader is divided into eight sections that contain all the usual topics taught in a juvenile justice course. After a comprehensive overview, each section has an introductory "mini-chapter" that provides engaging coverage of key concepts, developments, controversial issues, and research in the field. These authored introductions are followed by carefully selected and edited original research articles. The readings, from prominent scholarly journals, were written by juvenile justice experts and often have a policy orientation that will help address student interest in the "so what?" application of theory.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Boasts extensive and unique coverage of the juvenile justice system, focusing on law enforcement, the court system, correctional responses to juvenile offending, and an overview of the causes of delinquency
  • Features a unique "How to Read a Research Article"—tied to the first reading in the book—to give students a guide to understand and learn from the edited articles that appear throughout the text.
  • Provides an introduction to each reading to give students an overview of the purpose, main points, and conclusions of each article.
  • Utilizes photographs, boxes, and suggested Web resources to enhance the book's presentation and engage student interest.
  • Offers a clear and concise summary of key terms and concepts in each section and discussion questions that enhance student comprehension


  • A Student study site at provides self-quizzes, e-flashcards, additional readings, and more.
  • Instructor Resource on CD include test questions for both the text and readings, PowerPoint slides, teaching tips, and other resources. Qualified instructors can request a copy by contacting Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243), 6AM-5PM, Pacific Time.

Intended Audience

This Text/Reader is designed to serve as a replacement for a core text, or a supplement text for upper-level undergraduate Juvenile Justice courses in departments of criminal justice, criminology, sociology and related disciplines.

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The Extent and Seriousness of Juvenile Delinquency and Victimization  
Measures of Juvenile Offending  
Self-Report Measures  
Delinquency Causation: An Overview  
The Organization and Contents of the Book  
Historical Overview of Juvenile Justice  
The Origins of American Juvenile Justice  
Houses of Refuge and Legal Doctrines  
The "Child-saving" Movement  
The First Juvenile Court  
The U.S. Supreme Court on Juvenile Justice  
Juvenile Versus Criminal Court: Legal and Procedural Distinctions  
Federal and State Legislative Changes  
Summary, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources  
How to Read a Research Article
Saving the Children: The Promise and Practice of Parens Patriae, 1838-1898 by Alexander W. Pisciotta  
History Overtakes the Juvenile Justice System by Theodore N. Ferdinand  
The Historical Legacy of Juvenile Justice by Barry Krisberg  
Is Child Saving Dead? Public Support for Juvenile Rehabilitation by Melissa M. Moon, et. al.  
The Police and Juvenile Crime  
Police Roles and Responsibilities  
Police-Juvenile Relations  
Police Roles and Discretion  
Juvenile Offending and Police Discretion  
Race as a Factor in Juvenile Arrests  
Alternatives to Police Arrest and Custody  
Summary, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources  
Cops in the Classroom: A Longitudinal Evaluation of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) by Dennis P. Rosenbaum, et. al.  
Reintegrative Police Surveillance of Juvenile Offenders: Forging an Urban Model by Susan Guarino-Ghezzi  
Juvenile Curfews and the Courts: Judicial Response to a Not-So-New Crime Control Strategy by Craig Hemmens and Katherine Bennett  
Gang Suppression Through Saturation Patrol, Aggressive Curfew, and Truancy Enforcement: A Quasi-Experimental Test of the Dallas Anti-Gang Initiative by Eric J. Fritsch, et. al.  
Problem-Oriented Policing, Deterrence, and Youth Violence: An Evaluation of Boston's Operation Ceasefire by Anthony A. Braga, et. al.  
Juvenile Court Intake  
Juvenile Detention  
Trends and Variations in Detention  
Conditions of Confinement in Detention  
Consequences of Being Detained  
Preventive Detention and Predicting Dangerousness  
Assessment of Juvenile Risks and Needs  
Diversion and Alternatives to Juvenile Court Referral  
Prosecutor Role in Intake and Court Referral  
Summary, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources  
Race and the Impact of Detention on Juvenile Justice Decision Making by Michael J. Lieber and Kristan C. Fox  
Assessments and Intake Processes in Juvenile Justice Processing: Emerging Policy Considerations by Daniel P. Mears and William R. Kelly  
Best Implementation Practices: Disseminating New Assessment Technologies in a Juvenile Justice Agency by Douglas Young, et. al.  
Overview of Waiver and Transfer  
Judicial and Legislative Developments in Juvenile Transfer  
The Law, Science, and Juvenile Transfer  
Research on the Effects of Juvenile Transfer  
Future Trends in Juvenile Transfer  
Summary, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Web Resources  
The Transfer of Juveniles to Criminal Court: Reexamining Recidivism Over the Long Term by Lawrence Winner, et al.  
A Critique of Waiver Research: Critical Next Steps in Assessing the Impacts of Laws for Transferring Juveniles to the Criminal Justice System by Daniel P. Mears  
Adult Versus Juvenile Sanctions: Voices of Incarcerated Youths by Jodi Lane, et al.  
Hard Choices or Obvious Ones: Developing Policy for Excluding Youth from Juvenile Court by Joseph B. Sanborn, Jr.  
Juvenile Court Cases: Numbers and Trends  
Juvenile Court Officials and Their Roles  
The Juvenile Court Process  
"Blended Sentencing"  
Juvenile Court Trends and Reforms  
Summary, Exercises and Discussion Questions, Useful Web Sites, Chapter Glossary  
Origins of the Juvenile Court: Changing Perspectives on the Legal Rights of Juvenile Delinquents by Robert M. Mennel  
The Punitive Juvenile Court and the Quality of Procedural Justice: Disjunctions Between Rhetoric and Reality by Barry C. Feld  
Factors Perceived to Affect Delinquent Dispositions in Juvenile Court: Putting the Sentencing Decision Into Context by Joseph B. Sanborn, Jr.  
Race, Legal Representation, and Juvenile Justice: Issues and Concerns by Lori Guevara, et. al.  
History and Development of Juvenile Corrections  
Institutional and Residential Programs  
Juvenile Probation and Community Corrections  
Intermediate Sanctions  
Aftercare or Parole Supervision  
Effectiveness of Juvenile Corrections  
Current Issues and Future Trends in Juvenile Corrections  
Summary, Exercises and Discussion Questions, Useful Web Sites, Chapter Glossary  
Reexamining Community Corrections Models by Richard Lawrence  
The Impact of Book Camps and Traditional Institutions on Juvenile Residents: Perceptions, Adjustment, and Change by Doris L. MacKenzie, et. al.  
The Next Generation of Prisoners: Toward an Understanding of Violent Institutionalized Delinquents by Ashley G. Blackburn, et. al.  
Adolescent and Teenage Offenders Confronting the Challenges and Opportunities of Reentry by David M. Altschuler and Rachel Brash  
SECTION SEVEN: THE Future of Juvenile Justice
The Past as Prologue to the Future  
Factors Affecting the Future of Juvenile Justice  
Policy Issues for Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century  
Delinquency Prevention and Juvenile Justice for the 21st Century  
Summary, Exercises and Discussion Questions, Useful Web Sites, Chapter Glossary  
Public Health and Prevention of Juvenile Criminal Violence by Brandon C. Welsh  
Reviving Juvenile Justice in a Get-Tough Era by Jeffrey A. Butts and Daniel P. Mears  
Defining Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century by Alida V. Merlo and Peter J. Benekos  
The Comprehensive Strategy Framework by James C. Howell  
Photo Credits
Author Index
Subject Index

"This is a breakthrough book-commentary and discussion ahead of relevant, complete articles/essays- profound!"

Dan Okada
Sacramento State University

I really like the text/reader format. Students can see the raw material from which textbooks are constructed. The format also forces the authors to be more concise and relevant in their summaries of the various topics.

Dr Richard Wiebe
Behavioral Sciences Dept, Fitchburg State University
August 5, 2016

This is just not the best book for my class. It would be a good supplemental text. I was seeking a primary text

Dr Tonisha Pinckney
School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University Of Mass At Lowell
August 10, 2014

Whilst it proved an interesting read - and may have been useful in a longer course - it provided only an American perspective.

Mr Nigel Roberts
youth and schools, centre for youth ministry
January 11, 2014

I liked the supplemental readings but found that the course I am teaching is an intro level juvenile justice course. I felt like the readings would be appropriate for more advanced students.

Dr Sarah Scott
Criminal Justice Dept, Texas State University - San Marcos
July 30, 2013

A useful and informative resource which is ideal for those students who want to explore this area in greater details.

Mrs Jo Pothecary
Foundation Studies, Wiltshire College
November 9, 2012

Fulfills need for basic information plus teaching critical thinking and comprehension skills. Provides multiple points of view and jumping-off places for discussion and inquiry.

Dr Richard Wiebe
Behavioral Sciences Dept, Fitchburg State College
July 9, 2010

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ISBN: 9781412950367